Small plane crashes off the Hamp­tons

The Citizens' Voice - - NATION / WORLD -

A small pri­vate plane car­ry­ing three peo­ple crashed into the ocean off the coast of Long Is­land on Sat­ur­day, of­fi­cials said.

One body was re­cov­ered fol­low­ing the 11 a.m. crash of a twin-en­gine Piper PA-34 about a mile off of Quogue, in the Hamp­tons.

Agen­cies in­clud­ing the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York Air Na­tional Guard and the Suf­folk County sher­iff ’s of­fice re­sponded to the crash.

“It’s still a search and re­cov­ery at this point,” Quogue Vil­lage Po­lice Chief Christo­pher Isola said at a news con­fer­ence late Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to Newsday. “The Coast Guard along with other marine as­sets will con­tinue in that ef­fort.”

The cause of the crash was not known, Isola said. The iden­tity of the vic­tim who was found was not im­me­di­ately de­ter­mined.

Of­fi­cials said peo­ple on the beach re­ported the plane sput­ter­ing be­fore it crashed.

John Mor­gan, of Quogue, told Newsday that his son Tyler Mor­gan, 24, was play­ing golf with friends when he saw the plane go down.

“They saw it in the air, and they just saw it come down,” said John Mor­gan, who went to the beach af­ter the crash and saw sev­eral search boats on the wa­ter.

Alisa Sisic, a spokes­woman for the Con­necti­cut Air­port Author­ity, said the plane left Con­necti­cut’s Water­bury-ox­ford Air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, landed at Dan­bury Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port and then took off again.

The plane was headed to Charleston Ex­ec­u­tive Air­port in South Carolina, Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion spokesman Jim Peters said. The FAA and the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board will in­ves­ti­gate, he said.

The crash was the third fa­tal crash in­volv­ing a small plane on Long Is­land this year.

A pi­lot died May 30 when his vin­tage plane went down in a wooded area.

Four peo­ple were killed on June 2 when a twinengine Piper Navajo crashed off Ama­gansett dur­ing a storm.

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