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The Virginias flight radar system has failed to detect the missing Boeing 737, the pilot said Sunday.
The plane was last seen near Fort Myers, Florida, about an hour north of Orlando, according to flightradar24.com, which provides online data for U.S. airspace.
According to flight radar data from the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane was flying at an altitude of about 25,000 feet when it disappeared from radar screens about 15 minutes after takeoff from Jacksonville, Florida.
Boeing confirmed Sunday that a missing plane was sighted at 2:23 p.m. local time, nearly an hour after the flight was scheduled to land at Fort Myers International Airport.
The NTSB said it received a call about the plane at 2 p.mm. local (7:23 a.m., EDT) and that the plane did not appear to have crashed.
The plane did, however, suffer a mechanical failure that was reported to air traffic controllers and then to FAA headquarters, according the NTSB.
Airport officials said they do not have the ability to track the plane because it is in a controlled airspace.
The flight was expected to land in Florida and be flown to New York.
The flight data system does not transmit GPS coordinates to the FAA.
Virginias spokeswoman Katie Lissner said the flight crew did not report that the airplane was lost.
The airline has been working to find the plane, but has yet to contact anyone.
“We’re going to continue to look for it as best we can,” she said.
Earlier this week, the airline announced that it was flying back to Fort Myers from Jacksonville and that flight data from its radar system showed no debris from the plane.
Passengers aboard the plane told The Associated Press they thought the plane might have crashed during takeoff.
We were told there was no debris,” one passenger told the AP.
A passenger aboard a different plane told AP that he saw a big black hole that appeared to be moving.
He said there was nothing to indicate the plane had hit anything.
Another passenger, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told AP he thought the flight had been crashed into the Atlantic.
This story has been updated to include information from Flightradar.com.
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Originally published at 8:40 p.s.m..
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