My initial question is, "What, short of an in-flight break-up would cause a 1/2 mile debris field for an aircraft this small
2 die as single-engine plane crashes near Key West
November 5, 2004, 7:51 AM EST
KEY WEST – A single-engine plane bound for Sarasota crashed into the ocean just minutes after taking off, killing both people on board, authorities said.
The four-seat TB-20 Trinidad left Key West International Airport Thursday evening. But shortly after takeoff, the pilot made a distress call asking to return because of an unspecified problem, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Doss.
The plane ``dropped off the radar’’ as it flew back to the airport, Doss said, and officials received reports of what looked like flares over the water at about the same time.
Authorities found a half-mile long debris field about four miles south of Key West. Divers planned to continue searching the area Friday.
The Coast Guard would not release the plane’s tail number or the identities of the pilot and passenger.
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