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Crash of a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu off Ponte Vedra Beach: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2018 at 0904 LT
Registration:
N307JM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kissimmee - Princeton
MSN:
46-36253
YOM:
2000
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Kissimmee Airport at 0822LT on a flight to Princeton-Rocky Hill Airport, New Jersey. At 0901LT, while flying along the shore (east Florida coast) at an altitude of 22,000 feet, the airplane lost height and descended to 1,500 feet in two minutes while its speed dropped from 234 mph to just 60 mph. After it spiraled down, the airplane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Ponte Vedra Beach. SAR operations were dispatched but after a day, the aircraft and both occupants were still missing and presumed dead.