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Hypoxia May Have Caused Crash Of A Socata TBM-700 Off The Coast Of Jamaica

September 5, 2014 - On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled two F-15 fighter jets at 11:30 AM after a Socata TBM-700 aircraft (N900KN) pilot became unresponsive to FAA air traffic controllers (ATC). 

The Socata TBM-700, a pressurized light business aircraft had departed Rochester, New York at 8:26 AM with a flight plan filed to land in Naples, Florida around noontime.

The last ATC communications with the pilot was about 10 AM when the pilot reported he was having some type of problem, he was cleared to descend from 28,000 feet to 25,000 feet. 

ATC asked the pilot if he wanted to declare an emergency, the pilot said not at this time. ATC then cleared the pilot to 20,000 feet but they never got a response back.

The F-15 pilots reported the pilot in the Socata TBM-700 was unresponsive, slumped over, appeared to be unconscious but alive and the windows of the aircraft were frosted. 


Listen to ATC and pilot exchange (N900KN)

The single-engine turboprop aircraft continued to follow a straight line traveling at 300 MPH at 25,000 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean passing over Cuba and then crashing off the coast of Jamaica, 14 miles NE of Port Antonio. 

It is believed that the aircrafts pressurization failed and the pilot and passenger had succumbed to hypoxia (insufficient oxygen). The Socata TBM-700 was based at Greater Rochester International Airport and owned by developer Larry Glazer who took possession of the 2014 aircraft back in March. Glazer, was president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA). 



A US Coast Guard C-130 out of Clearwater, Florida along with Jamaica Civil Aviation have reached the crash site and there were no signs anyone survived the crash. The C-130 aircrew located several small objects in the water. The aircrew deployed three smoke flares and two data marker buoys to mark the location for Jamaican Defense Force boat crews. There were two people onboard the Socata TBM-700, pilot, Larry Glazer who was piloting the aircraft and his wife, Jane Glazer. Larry Glazer held a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating.

Update September 7, 2014 - The Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday at approximately 11 a.m. Coast Guard rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and Coast Guard Station New Orleans conducted more than eight hours of searches covering 155 square miles.
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