November 20th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

2 Missing After Medical Flight Crashes off Florida Coast

Rescue workers scoured coastal Florida waters early Wednesday for two people missing after a Mexico-based air ambulance crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Lauderdale after an apparent engine failure.

Authorities found the bodies of two crew members just off the coast, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. Rescuers were searching a 20-square-mile area of the ocean for the other two, the Coast Guard said.

"The Coast Guard says it will continue to search throughout this afternoon, then reevaluate the system," CNN's John Zarrella reports.

The four people aboard the Learjet 35 - two pilots, a doctor and a nurse - had just dropped off a patient at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and were headed back to Cozumel, Mexico, when the crash occurred Tuesday evening, airport spokesman Greg Meyer said.

A distress call from one of the pilots came just moments after takeoff.

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