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Two hours of spiraling descent into the Gulf of Mexico:
The plane went down about about 120 miles west of Tampa, Florida, at 12:08 p.m. after circling the eastern Gulf for more than two hours, said Chief Petty Officer John Edwards, a Coast Guard spokesman. The crew of a Coast Guard search-and-rescue plane watched as the Cessna made what appeared to be a soft landing, Edwards said.
This calls to mind the 1999 crash of the plane carrying Payne Stewart and five others, the agonizing descent followed on live TV.