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PUERTO RICO: Rough weather forces officials to suspend search for crash survivors

Date: 2/11/2009

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Strong winds and currents are forcing authorities to hold off a search for five people missing in a small plane crash off Puerto Rico’s coast.

The island’s emergency management director said Tuesday that the search will resume as soon as weather conditions permit. Heriberto Sauri has said that sharks in the area also have become an obstacle.

The remains of one man have been found.

The plane took off from the Dominican Republic and was headed to Puerto Rico with a pilot and five passengers when it crashed near the island’s northwest coast on Sunday.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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