One person has been confirmed dead and two are still missing after a plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island, New York, around 11 a.m on Oct. 13, officials said.
The small private plane was carrying three people when it crashed a mile away from the Village of Quogue in the Hamptons.
Following the crash, authority bodies including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the Suffolk County Marine, and New York Air National Guard became involved in the search for the civilian plane, according to a press release from USCG. The plane is a twin-engine, seven-seat Piper PA-34.
Westhampton Beach, NY- Multiple agencies are operating at a fatal plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean just south of Dune Rd. 1 body has been recovered, searching for 2 others. Plane reportedly broke apart and fell into the ocean. pic.twitter.com/57CSgNuj1x
— Stringer News (@Stringernews) October 13, 2018
They found one body hours later. The body has been taken to the medical examiner in Suffolk County. The victim’s identity has not been released. The identity of the other two missing plane occupants have also not been released.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the plane was headed for Charleston Executive Airport in South Carolina after having taken off at Danbury Municipal airport. It fell three miles southeast of the Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach.
First responders found a field of debris and oil on the water, Newstimes reported.
“It’s still a search and recovery at this point,” Quogue Village Police Chief Christopher Isola said at a news conference late afternoon on Oct. 13, according to Newsday. “The Coast Guard along with other marine assets will continue in that effort.”
Divers plan to continue searching for the bodies on Oct. 14. One Coast Guard boat planned to stay out overnight to monitor the surface of the water, while the shoreline will be patrolled by the Coast Guard and Quogue Police, according to WABC.
The cause of the crash is not yet known, Isola said. It is also not yet clear whether the rainy conditions contributed to the crash.
“The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause for the accident,” the FAA said.
People witnessed the plane sputtering before the crash.
“And then the engine went up even to a higher, screaming and screaming, and then all of a sudden quiet. It happened instantly. I saw three pieces of plane, separate trajectories heading towards the ocean, and they were just kind of going down like a leaf, you know?” Quogue resident Tim Carbone told WABC.
This story is developing.