Coast Guard: 2 dead after plane crashes near Ft. Lauderdale coast

Auth­orities say 2 pilots, 2 passengers on board plane

Two people are dead after the Coast Guard says a small plane crashed three miles off of Fort Lauderdale's coast.

The search continued Tuesday night for two others that the FAA said were also on the plane.

According to a released statement from the FAA, a Mexican-registered Learjet 35 aircraft that departed from FIA went down in the Atlantic Ocean about 8 p.m. Tuesday, about one mile off the shore.

The FAA said two pilots and two passengers were on board the small plane. FAA notified the Coast Guard that the plane went down, as it took rescuers 45 minutes to find the debris field, about two miles east of Fort Lauderdale.

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The Coast Guard said at 8:45 p.m., two bodies were found along with debris as the search continued for other survivors in the water.

Local 10's Terrell Forney said the search will continue nonstop overnight for the rest of the victims. More than 50 rescuers participated in the search and recovery operation.

The medical flight, with a medical crew on board, was destined for Cozumel, Mexico, authorities said.

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