Convair C-131 cargo plane crashed into sea off Miami, Fl.
One persone was rescued, by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. The Coast Guard conducted maritime and aerial searches for the missing pilot for approximately 21 hours and in an area of 364 square nautical miles.
The search was then suspended.
The aircraft departed Nassau, Bahamas at 11:13 hours local time on a cargo flight to Opa-Locka Airport, Florida, USA and climbed to the en route altitude of 4300 feet.
At 12:03 hours, at a distance of 95 km from Opa-Locka, the aircraft began to lose altitude. The aircraft continued to lose height until it hit the sea about 12:15, 21 km off shore and 37 km from Opa-Locka.
Photos from the scene suggest the aircraft broke up after it hit the sea, The left hand wing separated from the fuselage.
Conquest Air Cargo reported to local media that the pilot declared an emergency and attempted a water landing. ■