Plane Carrying Brit Businessmen Vanishes Off Brazilian Coast

The coast guard is searching for a small plane carrying four British businessmen that vanished off the coast of northeastern Brazil.

Ellen Duarte, business manager for the Aero Star airline, says the twin-engine Cessna 310 disappeared eight miles (13 kilometers) off the coast just nine minutes before it was to land Friday in the city of Ilheus.

Duarte said Saturday the weather was good and the two Brazilian pilots had not reported any problems with the plane.

She said the British consulate in Sao Paulo had been notified.