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Search for Plane Crash Victims Ends

July 21, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ The Coast Guard ended the search Sunday for two men who were aboard a plane that crashed off the Bahamas, officials said.

All five men aboard the plane are presumed dead from the crash Saturday, said Ivan Cleare, deputy director of Bahamas Civil Aviation.

Three bodies were found near the crash site about 10 miles off Grand Bahama Island.

The Piper Lancer II single-engine plane took off from Freeport, Bahamas, and was headed to Lantana Airport in Palm Beach County, where it had been rented, Coast Guard spokeswoman Danielle DeMarino said.

The plane was heading into a storm when it disappeared from radar screens without a distress call about 30 minutes after takeoff. The crash remained under investigation.

Identified as being on the plane were pilot Matt Misuraca, 18, of Lantana; West Palm Beach residents Matthew Eastman, 28, Charles Anderson, 41, and Lance Lenar, 21; and Craig Huber, 37, of Lake Worth.

The Coast Guard did not release the identities of the bodies recovered.

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