Plane crash kills at least 2 in Keys

Published: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
A small plane carrying four people crashed in the water off the Florida Keys and rescuers found the bodies of two victims Sunday, officials said.
The single-engine Cessna 172 departed Saturday night from Key West on its way about 50 miles east to Marathon, said Steve Acton, community relations officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff.
The two bodies were found Sunday about within a mile of the Key West shore, Acton said.
One victim was on Cow Key Channel and the other was on Smathers Beach, said Petty Officer Dana Warr, spokesman for the Coast Guard.
The identities of the victims weren't released pending notification of relatives, Warr said.
A wing of the plane was also found, but investigators were still trying to pinpoint the exact crash location, Acton said.
Several boats, two helicopters and an airplane were searching for survivors and debris.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane had filed a flight plan from Marathon to New Smyrna Beach. But the pilot never made contact with the control tower, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
The Coast Guard search was planned to end at sundown Sunday and resume on Monday morning.

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