The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was conducting search operations for N900KN, the single engine aircraft which crashed in Jamaican waters last Friday. A statement from the JDF issued on Sunday said that assets from both the JDF Coast Guard and the JDF Air Wing were deployed in the search area since the crash, but a decision has been made to suspend the search operation at 1600 hours on Sunday if nothing was sighted or recovered.
Spokesperson for the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Ava Marie Ingram on Monday said “the Search & Rescue Operations led by the Jamaica Defence Force’s Coast Guard (with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard) was not able to locate the N900KN aircraft.”
The decision to end the search was made based on continual re-assessment of the situation noting the reduced probability of finding the passengers or aircraft which crashed in an area with depths of 1500 to 2000 metres. The United States Coast Guard on Saturday night suspended its participation in the search and rescue efforts as the probability of success or the likelihood of any survivors was minimal.
On Friday September 5, 2014, the JDF and US authorities tracked the TBM900 aircraft into Jamaican airspace, before it went off radar and crashed approximately 24NM North of Port Antonio. Since then, a joint search and rescue effort has been underway in an area where an oil slick and small debris consistent with an aircraft crash were spotted.
Source: Jamaica Defence Force