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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

At Least 90 Feared Dead In Everglades Plane Crash

MIAMI -- A jetliner crashed Saturday near Miami International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. It was not clear if there were any survivors.


Between 90 and 112 people were on board ValuJet Flight 592, broadcast reports said.


"We don't believe there are any survivors," said Lauren Gail, director of public affairs for Miami International Airport.


The DC-9 , which took off from Miami, was headed to Atlanta and was about 50 kilometers outside the airport when it experienced problems in the cockpit, said FAA spokesman Anthony Willett.


Reports indicate that there was smoke in the cockpit, Willet said.


The aircraft was believed to be turning around to return to the airport when it disappeared from radar.


"We believe that the aircraft is down somewhere in the vicinity of the Florida Everglades,'' he said, a large wildlife area.


The Coast Guard said rescue aircraft were helping to look for wreckage and survivors. But all that rescue pilots could detect was scorched earth, Petty Officer Angela Weeks said.


ValuJet didn't immediately return a telephone message. Atlanta-based ValuJet, which began operations in 1993, now serves 26 cities in 17 states.