(WASHINGTON) — A twin-engine aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico after the pilot was unresponsive for nearly three hours and radar tracked the plane flying aimlessly in loops.
The FAA lost radio contact with the Cessna 412 before 9 a.m. ET. It was circling at approximately 28,000 feet. Fully loaded, the plane was carrying about 3.5 hours worth of fuel. Only the pilot was thought to be on board.
The plane took off from Slidell, La., and was en route to Sarasota, Fla., according to a flight plan. Somewhere between the two points, it began flying in circles.
Officials at NORAD confirmed that the air defense agency has launched two F-15 fighter aircraft to intercept the general aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire
Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire