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Unresponsive plane crashes off the coast of Jamaica

Pictured is the Socata TBM-700 that crashed near Jamaica on Friday. The pilot had been unresponsive. (Source: Iain Marshall/CNN) Pictured is the Socata TBM-700 that crashed near Jamaica on Friday. The pilot had been unresponsive. (Source: Iain Marshall/CNN)

(RNN) - Rescuers have found an oil slick where a private airplane crashed off the coast of Jamaica after it flew several hours past its expected destination, according to the Associated Press.

A search team looked for survivors Friday, but suspended their efforts after dark fell, AP reports. The search is expected to resume Saturday morning. 

The plane is owned by the real estate firm Buckingham Properties in Rochester, NY. Larry and Jane Glazer of Rochester were believed to have been on board, according to New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle.

"We hope that everyone will have their thoughts and prayers with the Glazers in this difficult time and people will be able to respect their privacy," said Mitchell Nusbaum, attorney for Larry Glazer.

An audio recording from the flight captured the pilot saying "We need to descend down to about (18,000 feet) We have an indication that's not correct in the plane."

NORAD tracked the Socata TBM 700 as it flew over the Atlantic and into Cuban airspace.

Two F-15 jets were tracking the plane but had to pull away as it crossed into Cuba. They reported that two pilots appeared slumped in their seats, and the windows had "frosted up," according to CNN.

A Cuban jet also tracked the plane. At one point, the aircraft was flying at 25,000 feet, which is high altitude for this type of aircraft. 

The two F-15s that were previously tracking the aircraft flew to the southern side of Cuba.

The FAA told CNN that the pilot had not communicated since around 10 a.m. ET.

The plane left Rochester, NY, at 8 a.m. ET and was set for a 2:05 p.m. arrival in Naples, FL.

Socata, now known as Daher-Socata, is a French aerospace company that started in 1911. They produce general aircraft and aircraft structures.

Experts speculated the passengers may be dead from hypoxia, which can occur when a cabin loses air pressure. A similar incident happened to golfer Payne Stewart, who died in a Lear Jet crash on Oct. 25, 1999 in South Dakota after the plane flew uncontrolled for several hours on autopilot.

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