A father and son who were returning to New Jersey from a Disney vacation in Orlando are missing after their small plane crashed off the coast of Florida, U.S. Coast Guards are still running an expedition to locate the plane and its passengers.
A Piper PA-46 Malibu was en route from Orlando to New Jersey when it crashed about 18 miles off the coast of Jacksonville on Thursday shortly after 9 a.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that a search operation off Jacksonville was called off after aircraft and two Coast Guard cutters searched 1,400 square miles for 56 hours.
The plane took off from Orlando and disappeared from radar about 30 minutes later, The Coast Guard said the plane went down after making a distress call.
Peter Renzulli and his son Daniel were returning to New Jersey from a Disney vacation in Orlando.
The Coast Guard said it had deployed two cutters and several response boats in addition to MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from the Coast Guard Air Station in Miami.