TODAY   |  November 20, 2013

2 dead, 2 missing after jet crash in Florida

Officials say two people are dead and a massive search is on Wednesday morning for two other missing passengers of a Lear jet that went down off of the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tuesday night.

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>> top story. that's the search for surveillan survivors from the jet crash in florida. what can you tell us?

>> reporter: u.s. investigators still have not confirmed who was on that flight or exactly what happened. but hours later the coast guard still has not given up hope of finding survivors. the jet carrying four people left fort lauderdale airport just before 8:00 p.m . tuesday night bound for mexico. but shortly after take off, a mechanical failure.

>> so you're going back to fort lauderdale ?

>> reporter: the pilots attempted to return to the airport.

>> maintain 4,000 and left heading 3-3-0.

>> not possible. 180.

>> reporter: but three miles northeast of fort lauderdale the plane crashed into the atlantic ocean . two bodies were discovered in the wreckage late last night but two other people are still missing.

>> this is a medical flight involving a medical crew.

>> reporter: the coast guard fanned out searching the area by air and sea.

>> this is still an on going search and rescue case. rescuers have been on scene overnight and continuing to search for survivors in the water. they're not going to stop until we have saturated the area.

>> reporter: the plane is registered in mexico but it's unclear who owns the plane and the identities of those on board have not yet been confirmed but it is believed that two of those aboard were pilots. matt and savannah.

>>> thank you very much.