Dec. 7, Pahokee, Fla. / Cessna 402B


About 19:02 EST, a Cessna 402B on a training flight was lost from radar and is presumed destroyed in Lake Okeechobee, about 12 miles northwest of the Pahokee Airport. The three occupants are presumed dead. The flight originated from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and proceeded directly to the Pahokee VOR, where it tracked outbound on the 334 radial (the instrument procedure for the VOR approach calls for the 342 radial). The last radar contact showed them at an altitude of 1,300 feet agl, 12 miles out along the 334-degree radial. Searchers recovered an airplanes nose cone, and a positive identification was made by the airlines chief operating officer.


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