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2 Dead After Plane Crash In Gulf Of Mexico; Third Missing

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2 Dead After Plane Crash In Gulf Of Mexico; Third Missing

(CTN NEWS) – VENICE, Fla. — On Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico, Authorities said that two bodies, including a kid, were discovered inside the wreckage of a rented Piper Cherokee airplane.

The wreckage was discovered in the Gulf Of Mexico at around 2:00 p.m., about a third of a mile immediately west of the airport south of Tampa, according to Venice Police.

The aircraft was located a few hours after the Federal Aviation Administration contacted Venice Police to inquire about a missing aircraft that had not arrived at the airfield it had left in St. Petersburg as of Saturday night.

According to a police department news release, recreational boaters reported finding a dead woman floating in the Gulf Of Mexico on Sunday.

2 Dead After Plane Crash In Gulf Of Mexico; Third Missing

This aerial view shows the Venice Municipal Airport and the entire length of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Venice Aviation Society wants the Venice City Council to ask the Federal Aviation Administration to approve an air traffic control tower at the airport.

It was roughly 2.5 miles west of Venice Beach.

Search teams from various organizations started hunting for possible survivors from the jet and any potential wreckage.

Divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office discovered a dead child inside the plane’s passenger cabin after the wreckage was discovered, according to a police press release.

Officials suspect a male pilot or passenger was aboard the aircraft during the journey, but as of late Sunday afternoon, he had not been found alongside the debris.

On Sunday, the missing Piper Cherokee was discovered shortly after 2:00 p.m.

2 Dead After Plane Crash In Gulf Of Mexico; Third Missing

A U.S. Coast Guard chopper flies over the scene where the small plane crash occurred in Venice.

As long as the situation permits, search operations for the missing male resident were scheduled to last until Sunday night’s sunset.

Until family notifications and approval from other interested agencies, such as the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board

The Venice Police have not disclosed details on the occupants because the investigation is still ongoing.

The Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Sarasota Police Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,

And the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office continues to assist with the search and crash scene.

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