Cessna Jet Crashes in Ocean East of Fort Lauderdale

A Cessna business jet coming from Illinois crashed Friday into the Atlantic Ocean, 310 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The jet, a Cessna Citation V, departed from St. Louis Regional Airport at 1:35 p.m. CDT and was set to land at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the FAA said. It crashed at around 6 p.m.

Only the pilot was aboard the aircraft, the FAA said. 

"The aircraft was out of communication with air traffic controllers for more than one hour before it crashed," a statement from the FAA read. "FAA air traffic controllers tracked the flight on radar during that time."

The FAA said U.S. Air Force F-15s intercepted the jet shortly before it went down.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been called out to respond to the crash.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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