5 Crash Victims All Fla. Residents


All five people killed in the crash of a small plane off the coast of Fort Lauderdale were Florida residents, federal authorities said.

A Piper Aztec disappeared from radar Saturday morning during a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Andros Island in the Bahamas. Search crews spotted debris in the ocean about 17 miles of Fort Lauderdale but found no survivors.

The plane was registered to Glen Quackenbush of Plantation, said Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman. Quackenbush was piloting the plane, and the Coast Guard identified his passengers as Troy Taylor, Michael Gross, Michael Levofsky and Mark Santa, all of Broward.

Less than 12 hours before Saturday's crash, a small plane crashed in the Florida Keys after hitting a cable tethering a blimp used to watch for drug smuggling flights. The blimp did not appear to be damaged.

Three people died in that crash but authorities said Sunday they were still notifying relatives of the victims.

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