PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, Thursday October 30, 2014, CMC — The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard is searching off St. Maarten for the co-pilot of a small US-based cargo plane that crashed into the sea on late Wednesday shortly after takeoff.
Authorities say they have recovered the body of one of the two pilots who were on board the Skyway Enterprises plane when it went down about three miles from shore.
The cause of the crash is unknown.
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The Coast Guard said in a statement that the twin-engine SH36 aircraft was en route to Puerto Rico. Skyway Enterprises is based in Kissimmee, Florida, and was operating under contract with FedEx.
Private volunteers and Netherlands Royal Marines are taking part in the search.