Soon after taking off, a plane en route to New York sent a distress call, but it quickly went missing, authorities said Tuesday.
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 with 11 people on board according to Director Jose Tomaz Perez of Dominican Civil Aviation Institute.
The plane belongs to Atlantis Airlines, and the flight was scheduled to last for just over an hour. The region where the plane disappeared is close to the Bermuda Triangle.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said that the plane disappeared as it left Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos and that its destination was not immediately known.
Aviation officials reports of the planes origin, destination and where it was last reported conflict.
The Coast Guard and other agencies are continuing to search for the plane or survivors.