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Florida: 2 killed and 1 missing in plane crash

The United States Coast Guard off the coast of Hollywood Beach on September 1, 2022.  David Santiago dsantiago@miamiherald.com

The United States Coast Guard off the coast of Hollywood Beach on September 1, 2022. David Santiago dsantiago@miamiherald.com

Two people were killed and authorities are searching for a third when a private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast on Saturday night.

Authorities in Venice, Florida, launched a search just after 10 a.m. Sunday following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation at Venice Municipal Airport regarding a Piper Cherokee single-engine aircraft. It did not return by the scheduled time to its home port in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Around the same time, recreational boaters found a female body floating about 1.5 miles west of the Venice shoreline, city spokeswoman Lorraine Anderson said in a statement.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s divers located the wreckage of the chartered plane around 2:00 p.m. offshore, just west of Venice Airport.

Rescuers found a dead girl in the passenger area. Andersen said a third person, believed to be traveling as a pilot or passenger, has been missing since Sunday.

Anderson said county police, the US Coast Guard, Sarasota Police, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 12th District Coroner’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board were involved in the investigation.

This story was originally published on December 5th, 2022 2:13 am.

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