US Couple's Plane Crash Stumps Investigators

Larry, Jane Glazer worked to improve Rochester, NY
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2014 3:54 PM CDT
US Couple's Plane Crash Stumps Investigators
In this Sept. 18, 2012 photo, Jane Glazer, owner of QCI Direct of Chili, heads back to her seat after winning a Rochester Business Ethics Award at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY.   (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Tina Yee)

Officials have yet to find the wreckage of a plane, flown by a US couple, that crashed near Jamaica, the AP reports. Last night, investigators saw debris that could have been from the plane, but now it's nowhere to be found. "We would have to assume it may have sunk," says a Jamaican coast guard commander. The plane was carrying Larry and Jane Glazer, both well-known in their hometown of Rochester, New York, for efforts to improve the city, which has suffered amid troubles at companies like Kodak and Xerox. One other person may also have been on board: A statement from the US Coast Guard noted three people on the plane.

Larry ran a real-estate company that recently bought Xerox's and Bausch + Lomb's buildings. Jane founded a fast-expanding retail catalog company. "The Glazers were innovative and generous people who were committed to revitalizing downtown Rochester and making the city they loved a better place for all," says New York governor Andrew Cuomo. "He is one of a kind," adds a Rochester development leader of Larry. "This is a nightmare." Though reports say the two died, rescue teams were looking for survivors, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports. Meanwhile, a transcript of the plane's exchange with air traffic controllers has emerged, the AP reports via LiveATC.

  • "We need to descend down to about (18,000 feet). We have an indication that's not correct in the plane," said the pilot.
  • After a controller said the pilot could fly at 25,000 feet, the pilot replied, "we need to get lower."
  • The controller said the plane could go to 20,000 feet, and the pilot responded. But when the controller asked for identification, no reply came.
  • The pilot of a fighter jet that later accompanied the plane noted that its pilot appeared to be breathing.
(More Larry Glazer stories.)

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