Woman, Child Killed When Plane Crashes in Gulf of Mexico

Police are searching for 3rd person believed to have been on private plane
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2022 2:23 AM CST
Woman, Child Killed When Plane Crashes in Gulf of Mexico
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A private airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Saturday night, with two people, including a child, confirmed dead as authorities searched for a third person believed to have been on the flight, police said. Authorities in Venice, Florida, initiated a search Sunday after 10am following a Federal Aviation Administration inquiry to the Venice Municipal Airport about an overdue single-engine Piper Cherokee that had not returned to its origin airport in St. Petersburg, Florida, the AP reports. Around the same time, recreational boaters found the body of a woman floating about 2.5 miles west of the Venice shore, city of Venice spokesperson Lorraine Anderson said in a statement.

Divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office located the wreckage of the rented airplane around 2pm about a third of a mile offshore, directly west of the Venice airport, Anderson said. Rescuers found a deceased girl in the plane’s passenger area. A third person, believed to be a male who was the pilot or a passenger, remained missing Sunday, Anderson said. The county sheriff’s office, the US Coast Guard, the Sarasota Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office, and the National Transportation Safety Board were involved in the investigation, Anderson said.

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