'Now It's Too Late': Why the Off-Course Plane Couldn't Stop

September 6, 2014 1:35 AM

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'Now It's Too Late': Why the Off-Course Plane Couldn't Stop

U.S. Air Force fighter pilots tracking a turboprop plane steered by an unresponsive pilot Friday didn't see it crash, U.S. officials said, meaning the incident may never be precisely explained. But they were able to get close enough to pick up some clues to what might have caused the second such incident in less than a week.

The F-15 pilots had to break off when the Socata TBM tuboprop entered restricted Cuban airspace, and because they were running out of fuel, they had to return to their Florida base before it crashed 14 miles off the coast of Jamaica. Before then, however, one of them was able to get close enough to ...

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