Local businessman Larry Glazer was killed Friday afternoon when the unresponsive flight N900KN crashed off Jamaica.
Flight N900KN was from Rochester, N.Y. and was bound for Naples, FL when it suddenly became unresponsive. "Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Controllers tracked a Socata TBM700 aircraft through U.S. airspace as the pilot stopped responding to radio calls at about 10 am EDT," according to a statement from the FAA.
According other Inquisitr.com report, high-altitude hypoxia was most likely the reason for the problem with flight N900KN. Hypoxia is when your brain isn't able to function because of a lack of oxygen.
Jamaican and U.S. Coast Guard ships were sent to search for the plane, and two F-16 NORAD fighter jets were sent to escort the aircraft at 10:40 a.m. "They handed off monitoring duties at around 11:30 a.m. EDT to two F-15 fighters from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Homestead, FL which escorted the aircraft until it entered Cuban airspace," said the statement. However, the jets had to stop and refuel at 1:30 p.m., which is when flight N900KN crashed.
The entire Monroe County is currently mourning the loss of the Glazer family. "[We should] say a silent thank you to a man and a woman who clearly used their success and turned that success into a gift for our community, and gave back to charities, to organizations, to the community. We were very blessed that they were part of Rochester and Monroe County," said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks Friday afternoon. "We just know that in Rochester it took off this morning and it was fine, and now it's very much a national event."
"At this time we have not located the aircraft or debris," a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said late on Friday afternoon. A possible theory as to why the plane disappeared is hypoxia, a dangerous condition in which a loss of cabin pressure knocks everyone out.
The Buckingham reports that "Larry spends some of his spare time on the ground–gardening around his house with his wife, Jane; and some in the sky–flying his plane." Rick Glazer said this his parents were both licensed pilots, which adds to the mystery of how and why flight N900KN become unresponsive and crashed.
This is second time in this week that a private plane has crashed. On Saturday, a pilot lost consciousness and eventually crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after flying over a restricted airspace in Washington, D.C. Fighter jets were also dispatched, but to no avail.