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12.25.2009

Bahamas Update ......

Coast Guard searching for two men after apparent plane crash

More than 24 hours have passed since a plane carrying two men left Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and disappeared in the Bahamas on their way to Grenada.

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard are continuing a search for Travis Compton and Bancroft Nyack, who were reportedly aboard a twin-engine aircraft that went down in an area about 10 miles northeast of Plana Cays, Bahamas at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The plane, a Piper Aztec PA-23, left Fort Lauderdale at 8:02 a.m. and was en route to Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks flights nationwide.

A Coast Guard report Friday listed the men's final destination as the country of Grenada.

The Coast Guard command center in Miami received a call from a Federal Aviation Administration controller reporting loss of radar and radio contact with the Piper, according to spokeswoman Petty Officer Sabrina Elgammal.

Another aircraft pilot in the area around the same time contacted the FAA and reported hearing an aircraft's emergency distress call that it had lost the use of both engines.

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