FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The search continues for two people who were aboard a Mexico-bound jet that crashed after taking off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Coast Guard officials say crews searched throughout the night for the two missing people aboard the medical flight. Those search-and-rescue efforts continued Thursday morning.

Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma says the priority remains finding survivors.

The search so far has spanned an area more than 611 square miles.

The Learjet 35 crashed Tuesday night into the Atlantic. Authorities have recovered the bodies of two other people from the wreckage.

Two pilots, a doctor and a nurse were on the plane. They had dropped off a patient in South Florida and were returning to Cozumel, Mexico, when the pilot reported an engine failure and attempted to return to the airport.