Search Suspended on Long Island for 2 of 4 Passengers in Plane Crash
Officials have suspended the search for two people who were in a plane that crashed off the coast of Long Island on Saturday, June 2, after poor sea conditions made it too difficult, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The U.S. Coast Guard said it got a call shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday, about an aircraft that had gone down in the water about a mile off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett.
Aboard the aircraft were Bernard and Bonnie Krupinski, both 70, their grandson William Maerov, 22, and pilot Jon Dollard, 47.
Bernard Krupinski, the owner of luxury home construction company Ben Krupinski Builders, was well known on the island as a businessman, working with celebrities like Martha Stewart, Billy Joel, and Christie Brinkley, Pix 11 reported.
The couple was also known for their philanthropy; In 2017, the couple was honored as “Citizens of the Year” by the East Hampton Lions Club.
“Bonnie and Ben Krupinski were two great pillars of our community, who embodied the values of our Town: generosity, warmth, charity, kindness, and hard work,” Amos Goodman, chairman of the East Hampton Republican Committee, wrote on Facebook. “They were personal friends to many, myself included. The apparent loss of life of those aboard the plane today is devastating and cruel.”
After a 33-hour search, covering a 646-square-mile area, it was suspended on Sunday.
“It is with deep sadness that we are suspending the active search efforts,” said Captain Kevin B. Reed, commander at the U.S. Coast Guard on the Long Island Sound, in a statement. “This is always a difficult decision, and we cannot imagine the pain of those families who have lost their loved ones.”
The East Hampton Town police, which led the recovery efforts, have not released the identities of two bodies which have been recovered, pending a report from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.
A debris trail from the plane, a PA-31 Navajo, was found by a fisherman after the aircraft failed to land at the East Hampton Airport.
The plane had been flying from Newport, Rhode Island, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc told the Wall Street Journal.
A local resident said a squall line ripped through the area shortly before the plane lost contact with air traffic control.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
As soon as the water clears up, divers will continue looking for the bodies, according to the East Hampton Police Office.
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