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Crews search for missing plane in Caribbean

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Crews search for missing plane in Caribbean

* Story Highlights
* Plane en route to Turks and Caicos Islands from Dominican Republic
* Twelve people on board Atlantis Airlines plane, including pilot
* Plane sent out distress signal that it was experiencing emergency

(CNN) -- Rescue crews scoured the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday for a plane that took off from the Dominican Republic en route to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic Civil Aviation agency said.

Agency director Jose Tomas Perez said the flight left Santo Domingo at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and the plane later sent out a distress signal to Miami, Florida, that it was experiencing an emergency.

There were 12 people on board, including the pilot.

The Dominican Republic Aviation Department has been looking for the plane, but rescuers haven't found any trace of it. They have sent out two helicopters and two boats searching for the flight in the hopes of a rescue.

The plane belonged to Atlantis Airlines.

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The plane, a Britton-Norman Islander, was registered to a company called Puerto Rico Airline, based in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

The Dominican aviation official, Jose Tomas Perez, initially identified the owner as Atlantis Airlines.

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Search for plane in Caribbean; 12 said aboard

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press Writer Danica Coto, Associated Press Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Authorities were searching near the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday for plane that disappeared under mysterious circumstances, reportedly with 12 people on board.

Aviation officials gave conflicting reports on the twin-engine plane's origin, destination and where it was last reported. The aircraft's registered owner said he was reporting it stolen.

Jose Tomas Perez, director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute, said the aircraft sent an emergency signal before disappearing from the radar 35 minutes after taking off from the Dominican Republic at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Perez initially said his records showed the Britton-Norman Islander was on a regional flight for a small operation called Atlantis Airlines.

But the plane is registered to a company called Puerto Rico Airline, based in Carolina, Puerto Rico. That company's owner, Luis Perez, said the aircraft was for sale and was only supposed to be inspected in the Dominican Republic. He said he planned to report it as stolen.

The plane's pilot filed a flight plan saying he planned to land on Mayaguana Island in the southeastern Bahamas, said Santiago Rosa, the institute's aerial navigation director. The Bahamas Aviation Authority, however, said the plane never landed there.

Aviation officials initially said 11 people were on board and that the plane was headed to the Turks and Caicos Islands but never arrived. Rosa said his records show 12 people were on the plane, including the pilot.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said the plane disappeared shortly after taking off from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, just southeast of the Bahamas.

Sgt. Calvin Chase of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police said airport authorities are still trying to locate records to determine whether the plane landed in Providenciales.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane's destination was not immediately known.

"There's still a lot of unanswered questions here," Bergen said.

A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, Nick Ameen, said rescuers searching for the plane were told the crew intended to refuel in Turks and Caicos. Relatives of those missing told the U.S. Coast Guard that the passengers were ultimately trying to reach New York, Petty Officer Barry Bena said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies were searching in the Atlantic Ocean about 4 miles (6 kilometers) west of West Caicos island but have not found any wreckage, Ameen said.

Bad weather in the area was causing large swells and low visibility, making the search difficult, Bena said.

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Search for plane in Caribbean; 11 said aboard
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Aviation officials gave conflicting reports on the twin-engine plane‘s origin, destination and where it was last reported.

Perez said the plane was heading to the Turks and Caicos Islands but never arrived.

Providenciales police Sgt. Calvin Chase said airport authorities are still trying to locate records to determine whether the plane ever landed there.

"There‘s still a lot of unanswered questions here," Bergen said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies were searching in the Atlantic Ocean about 4 miles (6 kilometers) west of West Caicos island but have not found any wreckage, Ameen said.

The plane, a Britton-Norman Islander, was registered to a company called Puerto Rico Airline, based in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

The Dominican aviation official, Jose Tomas Perez, initially identified the owner as Atlantis Airlines.

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