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Coast Guard suspends search for plane down in the Bahamas

MIAMI

Coast Guard suspends search for downed plane

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two men whose small plane went down in the Bahamas.

Crews stopped searching Sunday morning for Travis Compton and Bancroft Nyack. The men left Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Thursday in a Piper PA-27 twin-engine aircraft. They were reportedly en route to Grenada.

An air controller reported losing radar and radio contact with them around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Coast Guard says the plane apparently went down about 10 miles northeast of Plana Cays, Bahamas. A pilot flying in that area reported hearing another aircraft's emergency distress call.

The Coast Guard searched more than 7,400 square miles.

Health advisory lifted at luxury Miami hotel

A health advisory has been lifted for a luxury Miami hotel that was forced to relocate guests because of possible bacteria in its water system.

Miami-Dade County health officials issued the advisory this month after three former guests of the Epic Hotel were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. One died.

Investigators found that the hotel's filtration system may have been stripping chlorine from the water, leaving it vulnerable to bacterial growth.

County health officials said Saturday that the hotel's water is safe, and they haven't concluded that it was the source of the bacteria.

TAVARES

Charges pending in fire truck collision

The Florida Highway Patrol says charges are pending after a collision with a fire truck killed a woman on the Florida Turnpike.

According to the patrol, 88-year-old Virginia Sellitto of Titusville was riding in a car behind a fire truck on the turnpike through Lake County on Friday morning.

Witnesses told investigators the fire truck abruptly slowed to make a U-turn through the median. The patrol says the truck was responding to a call.

Sellitto's car struck the rear of the truck. At least two other vehicles then struck her car.

Sellitto was pronounced dead at a hospital. The patrol said the woman who had been driving Sellitto was seriously injured. The driver of the fire truck was not injured.

State law requires drivers to stay 500 feet back from emergency vehicles.

Associated Press

Coast Guard suspends search for plane down in the Bahamas 12/27/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:36pm]

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