A medical jet crash off the coast of Florida has left four people dead. Initially, only two bodies were found by the U.S. Coast guard, who searched a 30 square mile area trying to find the other two bodies.
The jet, which was carrying medical supplies, crashed into the water at around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. It had taken off from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, en-route to Cozumel in Mexico, to deliver its supplies.
The coast guard said that the jet was carrying four Mexican nationals. The families of the deceased have all been informed of the tragedy.
The wide-scale search included two search and rescue boats and many officers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Local police and fire departments also assisted in the search as well as the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Police divers searched underwater in an area that was five miles wide and six miles long. The water was roughly 60 feet deep, and the rescue operation was complicated by the fact the search area was so large.
By this morning, the Coast Guard had recovered over 1,000 pounds of debris from the medical jet crash, although some of the debris also spread northward as far as Boynton Beach.
People have been instructed by the Coast Guard not to touch debris from the crash if they stumble upon it. The jet itself had a Mexican registration and was a medical transport plane.
Fox News reported that the dead included a pilot, co-pilot, a nurse, and a doctor, who were delivering much needed medical supplies to Mexico.
It remains to be seen what caused the fatal medical jet crash that cost four people their lives, as police authorities and investigators carry out a full investigation.