September 20, 2016 04:07 PM
Trailed much of the way by two U.S. fighter jets, a small plane with an unresponsive pilot flew a ghostly 1,700-mile journey down the East Coast on Friday before finally crashing off the coast of Jamaica.
NBC News confirms, via Ken Glazer, the two people on board the plane were Larry and Jane Glazer. Both are dead after the crash.
The Glazer family -- Mindy, Rick and Ken Glazer -- issued a statement Friday saying, “We are devastated by the tragic and sudden loss of our parents, Jane and Larry Glazer. They loved and appreciated the opportunity to help build the community of Rochester, and we thank everyone in the community for their expressions of support. We understand that there are many questions yet to be answered about today’s events, and we too are awaiting answers. At this time, we would appreciate the ability to mourn privately. Thank you for your understanding.”
Maj. Basil Jarrett of the Jamaican Defense Force said the plane went down about 14 miles northeast of the northern coastal town of Port Antonio and the military sent two aircraft and a dive team to investigate.
The plane took off at 8:45 a.m. from the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York, according to local officials. Air traffic controllers were last able to contact the pilot of the Socata TBM700, a high performance single-engine turboprop, at 10 a.m., the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
FlightAware identified the plane's tail number as N900KN. FAA records show the plane, a model that sells new for $3.5 million in its standard version, is owned by a company based at the same address as a real estate firm in Rochester. The firm, Buckingham Properties, is owned by developer Larry Glazer, who also is president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association.
A person who answered the phone at Buckingham Properties declined to comment.
According to Buckingham's website, "Larry spends some of his spare time on the ground - gardening around his house with his wife, Jane; and some in the sky - flying his plane."
The Air Force and Transportation Security Administration contacted Rochester airport officials about the plane at about 10:45 a.m., according to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. The airport referred all inquiries to the FAA.
The incident is the second time in less than a week that private pilot has become unresponsive during a flight. On Saturday, a pilot lost consciousness and his plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital. Fighter jets were also launched in that case and stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the Atlantic.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement saying, “I join the residents of Rochester during this difficult week in mourning the loss of Larry and Jane Glazer in today’s tragic plane crash. The Glazers were innovative and generous people who were committed to revitalizing downtown Rochester and making the city they loved a better place for all. I offer my deepest condolences to the Glazers’ family and friends during this difficult and trying time.”
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter issued a statement saying, "Larry Glazer and his wife Jane were synonymous with Rochester," Rep. Slaughter said. "They were critical partners in rebuilding and revitalizing our region. Losing two friends who were so involved in their community and so generous is a profound blow to us all. They will be sorely missed, and my thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends as we join in their bereavement."
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren issued a statement saying, "The City of Rochester has lost two heroes. Just as we are struggling to cope with the tragic loss of Officer Daryl Pierson, we are shocked to learn of the death of the father of Downtown Development, Larry Glazer and his wife Jane. "It is difficult to put into words how much Larry Glazer has meant to our community. Larry worked hard to return a sense of vitality and excitement to our Center City. His efforts helped to lift our spirits and restore our sense of optimism. He has been a treasured friend and partner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Glazer family, the partners and employees of Buckingham Properties, and all of Larry's many friends. The City of Rochester's flags will remain at half-staff in memory of both Officer Daryl Pierson and Larry Glazer, CEO and Managing Partner of Buckingham Properties."
Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Sandy Parker issued a statement saying, "Rochester Business Alliance expresses its deepest condolences to the Glazer family on the loss of Larry and his wife, Jane. Larry was a leading figure in the Rochester business community and served on the RBA Board of Directors for seven years, most recently as vice chairman. Larry worked as a driving force for economic development in Rochester and also championed several philanthropic causes. When Larry put his mind to something, you knew it was going to get done. His legacy will continue to live on in Rochester for generations to come."
Nazareth College President Daan Braveman released a statement saying, "I am devastated by the loss of Larry and Jane Glazer. They are personal friends as well as leaders in our community. Jane is a Nazareth alumna, an active member of the Board of Trustees, and a very successful business woman. Larry is a visionary leader of the business community with unmatched passion for building a better Rochester for all our residents. And both of them are extraordinarily generous with their time and resources, supporting a range of activities in the community. This is such a tremendous loss for me, for Nazareth College, for all of Rochester. My thoughts and prayers go out to their family."
Senator Ted O'Brien issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Glazer family during this tragic time. Larry and Jane Glazer were pillars of the Greater Rochester community. We all feel such a profound sense of loss in the wake of this terrible news. Larry's unparalleled commitment to rebuilding downtown Rochester gave all of us so much hope for a better future. The loss of Larry and Jane will be felt for many years to come."
Majority Leader Joseph Morelle issued a statement saying, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the unconscionable and tragic passing of longtime personal friends, Larry and Jane Glazer. The Glazer’s believed in the full potential of Rochester and their passion for our community was always on display – whether through their unrivaled commitment to the rebirth of downtown or through their many philanthropic and charitable activities. Larry and Jane exemplified a model of community stewardship. Their presence will forever be felt throughout Rochester, a community they loved, fought tirelessly for, and called home. Larry and Jane will always hold a special place in all of our hearts. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Glazer family during this difficult time.”
Senator Joe Robach issued a statement saying, “I am saddened to hear of the sudden and unfortunate deaths of my friends Larry and Jane Glazer, my thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends. Larry was one of the true pillars of our community, and a tireless advocate and business leader for the Rochester community. Larry will forever be remembered as an innovative thinker, with his unique vision for rebuilding Downtown Rochester, and his numerous philanthropic contributions to so many organizations. The Rochester community is a better place because of Larry and Jane Glazer.”
Senator Charles Schumer said, "I was just with Larry a few months ago pushing for funding to re-develop and re-imagine East Main Street, and, as usual, his enthusiasm for the future of Rochester shone through. It deeply saddens me that Rochester has now lost two of its most indomitable, industrious visionaries, Larry and Jane Glazer. Together, both Larry and Jane were among the biggest believers and champions in Rochester's future and because of them, their hometown is a better place. It is a massive and heartbreaking loss for this community, and my thoughts and prayers are with their family and all who knew and loved the Glazers."
Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy said, "I have known Larry and Jane Glazer for many years and have immense respect for them both. The Glazers possessed two of the brightest minds in business. Their business acumen was only matched by their integrity, philanthropy and community spirit. Larry did more for developing downtown Rochester than anyone I know, and Jane was set to be inducted into the business hall of fame. They cannot be replaced. My thoughts and prayers are with the Glazer family as they navigate this difficult time."
NBC News, Associated Press and News10NBC
Updated: September 20, 2016 04:07 PM
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