Small plane en route from US crashes off Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard says it has rescued two men who were on board a small plane that crashed into the Caribbean Sea near the island of Aruba. A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the Beechcraft had taken off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was en route to Curacao. Vanesa Strijbosch says the pilot radioed the airport in Aruba to report an emergency just before contact was lost with the plane. The plane crash occurred Tuesday about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Aruba. The pilot and co-pilot are from Brazil.

A Coast Guard helicopter reached the pair as the wreckage of their plane was still sinking. They were flown to a nearby ship for a checkup but they had no apparent injuries.

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