Plane carrying 4 crashes off NY, 2 bodies recovered

Police and the US Coast Guard were on the scene where the Piper PA31 aircraft is believed to have went down and were searching through debris

Police and the US Coast Guard were on the scene where the Piper PA31 aircraft is believed to have went down and were searching through debris

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA31 aircraft went down shortly after 3 p.m.

The Coast Guard responded to a small plane crash off the coast of Long Island, New York, Saturday.

Two bodies had been recovered from the crash scene about a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) south of East Hampton as of late Saturday evening.

The television station reports that the pilot was 47-year-old Jon Dollard and the passengers were 22-year-old William Maerov, 70-year-old Bernard Krupinski, and 70-year-old Bonnie Krupinski, though it has not been disclosed which passengers were confirmed dead and which were missing.

It is not yet know if there are any survivors from the four people who were known to be on board.


The Coast Guard said Sunday afternoon that it suspended its search for the plane wreckage and the two remaining occupants due to rapidly deteriorating sea conditions.

East Hampton Police told CBS2 it was a group of family and friends that was flying out of East Hampton Airport.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but thunderstorms rolled through the area around the same time the plane went down. His star-studded roster of clients included Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley and Martha Stewart, among others.

Grieving loved ones hunkered down at the Krupinski compound in East Hampton, with private security guards turning away reporters.

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