While questions surrounding the deaths of Larry and Jane Glazer are being answered, an outpouring of sympathy and support is pouring out for them.
The Glazers, both 68-years-old, were flying their SOCATA TBM 700 from their hometown of Rochester, New York to Naples, Florida, according to USA Today. The plane flew past Naples and continued towards Cuban airspace. Before the plane passed Naples, Glazer first asked to descend to a lower altitude due to mechanical problems. He was instructed to go from 28,000 to 25,000 feet. Glazer completed that maneuver, then asked to go lower a second time. Glazer was advised to remain at 25,000 feet. Glazer asked again, then was told if he could veer left for a bit, they could get him lower, for the air traffic below was full.
That was the last time anyone talked to Glazer, as the radio went silent after he made the left turn. Further attempts to talk to Glazer went unanswered.
When Glazer would not respond, Unites States fighter pilots began to shadow the SOCATA TBM 700 as it flew closer to Cuban airspace. As the plane got closer to Cuban air space, the plane started making a descent. The United States fighter pilots were able to look into the SOCATA TMN 700, and saw the pilot slumped over his steering column, and the window seemed like it was frosted over, but maintaining its 25,000 feet ceiling. Moments later, the SOCATA TMN 700 flew out of Cuban air space, the United States pilots broke off so as not to encroach on Cuban airspace.
Cuban monitors kept up the watch, and said no Cuban air rules were broken. The plane was soon out of Cuban air space, and shortly thereafter crashed into the waters just 14 miles northeast of Port Antonio in Portland. The plane travelled more than 1,700 miles.
The Daily Mail is reporting that officials from the Jamaica Defense Force Air Wing claim to have photographic evidence of a wrecked plane, and “what looked to be debris.”
“Our pilots are very confident that the fighting is consistent with that of a high impact debris field, and this has been corroborated by a U.S. Coastguard C130 Aircraft involved in the operation,” Maj. Basil Jarrett, a spokesman with the Jamaica Defense Force, said.
There is the possibility that both Glazers suffered from hypoxia, a lack of oxygen leading to the cabin depressurizing. The frosted windows are a major indicator of this.
The Glazers were married for 45 years after meeting at a camp at Seneca Lake. The two were counselors. During their 45 years of marriage, they lived in Rochester, and were considered stalwarts of the community.
Larry Glazer was the owner of Buckingham Properties, a company that “owns, co-owns, or manages nearly 13 million square feet of real estate space.” Jane Glazer was herself an entrepreneur, setting up and running QCI Direct, which delivers home care items through catalogs and websites.
“The City of Rochester has lost two heroes,” Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President Loretta Scott said in a statement.
“It is difficult to put into words how much Larry Glazer has meant to our community. Larry worked hard to return a sense of vitality and excitement to our Center City. His efforts helped to lift our spirits and restore our sense of optimism. He has been a treasured friend and partner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Glazer family, the partners and employees of Buckingham Properties, and all of Larry’s many friends.”
In a prepared statement, the couple’s children, Mindy, Rick, and Ken Glazer, said they were awaiting answers as to what went wrong.
“We are devastated by the tragic and sudden loss of our parents, Jane and Larry Glazer,” the statement read. “They loved and appreciated the opportunity to help build the community of Rochester, and we thank everyone in the community for their expressions of support.”