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A professor and his teenage son radioed a distress call saying they had lost control of their plane moments before it crashed off the Florida coast, killing them both.
The US Coast Guard searched for 56 hours and covering 1,400 square miles in the hunt for Peter Renzulli, 51, and his son Daniel, 19, of Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Father - Son - Kissimmee - Gateway - Airport
The father and son departed from Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Orlando after a Disney World vacation and were heading home to New Jersey to Princeton Airport on the morning of December 20 last year at around 8.20am.
About 30 minutes into the flight, the plane disappeared from the radar. A distress call around 9.45am was made to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which in turn notified the Coast Guard.
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Their plane descended from 12,000ft (3,660 meters) to 3,300ft (1,000 meters) when they radioed they were upside down.
The Piper PA-46 aircraft and their bodies were recovered off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, on February 6.
Florida - Times-Union - Reports - National - Transportation
The Florida Times-Union reports that a National Transportation Safety Board report released on Wednesday shows either the Rutgers professor or his son radioed, 'We're not OK, we need help', after a Jacksonville flight controller noticed their single-engine Piper losing altitude in bad weather.
Aviation records, viewed by NJ.com, showed the plane was registered in Texas.
Website - FlightAware - Com - Flight - Tracker
The website also reported that FlightAware.com, an online flight tracker, showed the plane reached an altitude of 22,000 feet before plummeting at a rapid speed.
FAA radar showed the aircraft flying above the freezing level as it showed light to moderate rain at their altitude, the report said.
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