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2 dead, including a child, and 1 missing after a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico


Two people have died, including a child, and one person is missing after a plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend, police in Venice, Florida said.

Officers launched a search Sunday morning after 10:00 a.m. EST after Venice Municipal Airport received a request from the Federal Aviation Administration about a Piper Cherokee that had failed to return to its home airport in St. Petersburg, about 60 miles north of Venice, the Venice police department said.

The FAA said in a statement that the plane took off from Venice Municipal Airport around 7:30 p.m. Saturday and was believed to have had three people on board.

As officers launched their search the next morning, “boaters located a deceased female floating in the gulf approximately 2.5 miles west of Venice Beach,” police said in a statement late Sunday.

Search and rescue efforts Sunday after a plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Venice Police Department

Hours later, around 2 p.m., the wreckage of the missing Piper Cherokee was located about 1/3 mile west offshore, directly west of Venice Municipal Airport, police said. .

It was in the passenger area of ​​the plane that divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office found the body of a dead child, police said.

A male pilot or passenger was also believed to have been on the plane during the flight, police said. However, they said he had not yet been found.

Police have not shared the identity of the missing person, nor that of the woman and child found dead.

“This is a very active search and investigation,” Venice police said.

Police said that while they have information on the missing man, they will not release it until his family members have been notified and other relevant agencies have obtained clearance. including the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

They said search efforts would continue until sunset and resume “conditions permitting”.

The FAA did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment from NBC News.



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