Thursday, April 19, 2012

Circling plane crashes in Gulf

A twin-engine Cessna on a flight between Slidell, La., and Sarasota, Fla., crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday. The pilot was unresponsive for several hours and radar tracked the plane flying in loops over the Gulf of Mexico, about 150 miles south of the Florida Panhandle. Military jets from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and a Coast Guard aircraft from Mobile, Ala., were sent to the scene to monitor the situation. Officials believe the pilot was the only person in the plane. (Source: multiple, including ABC News, CBS News, 04/19/12)