WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A body was been recovered near Long Island after a small plane went down in the water late Saturday morning.
On Sunday, the Coast Guard said it was searching for two people still unaccounted from the wrecked aircraft.
“Several pieces of debris have been located, however, the fuselage has not been found. Two boats continue to use sonar to map the seafloor in attempts to locate the aircraft,” officials said in a Sunday morning release.
The FAA says the South Carolina-bound plane took off from Danbury Municipal Airport in Connecticut and went down three miles south-southeast of Francis S. Gabreski Airport shortly before noon.
Tim Carbone was working at the nearby Oceanfront Surf Club at the time, and says he thought it was a stunt plane.
“I was looking to see if I could find the plane and I couldnt see it, and then phoom, it was done,” he said. “It was like the engine was stopped immediately.”
A debris field and oil sheen was eventually located near the reported crash site. In total, three people were aboard the aircraft when it went down according to the FAA. The New York Air National Guard and multiple local police and fire departments were assisting in the search for the other two passengers.
The identity of the person whose body was found wasnt immediately known, nor was the identity of the other passengers.
NTSB investigating crash Saturday of a Piper PA-34 in Westhampton, NY.
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The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board work to determine the probable cause of the accident.