ROME - A Tunisair jet carrying 35 passengers crashed into the sea off the Sicilian coast Saturday while trying to make an emergency landing because of engine trouble, officials said.
Rescuers were heading to the scene eight miles off the coast near Palermo as news reports said people were spotted standing on the plane's wings.
"The plane had engine problems and was trying to (emergency) land in Palermo and had to land in the sea," Nicoletta Tommessile, a spokeswoman for Italy's air safety agency, ENAV, told The Associated Press.
The jet left Bari and was on its way to Tunisia when it went down, Vito De Blasi, a Palermo airport tower official, told the AP. Tunisair is the national airline of Tunisia.
"It landed in the sea," he said.
ENAV spokesman Alberto Pellegrino told TG24 television that rescuers were on their way to the craft. The network also said the coast guard spotted two people standing on a wing of the ATR-72 and waving for help.
lets hope all of them got out safely...