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Plane that departed Danbury crashes in N.Y.; 1 body recovered

October 13, 2018

DANBURY — One body has been recovered and crews continue to search for two more people after a plane that took off at Danbury Municipal Airport crashed in Quogue, N.Y., on Saturday morning, officials said.

“The plane did fly out of Danbury,” said Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier of the U.S. Coast Guard. “They found one body.”

Crews are still out looking for two more passengers.

“The search and rescue mission is still ongoing,” Strohmaier said. “We were notified that there were three people on board so we continue to search.”

Around 11:10 a.m., personnel at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound were told by Southampton police that a twin-engine Piper PA-34 crashed into the water about 1 mile south of Quogue.

A boat crew was immediately dispatched. Crews found a field of debris and an oil sheen on the water near the reported crash site.

Coast Guard personnel, Suffolk County Marine, Bay Constables, a commercial salvage crew and multiple air crews from the New York Air National Guard — to be relieved by an air crew from Air Station Cape Cod — are continuing to search in the area for the remaining plane passengers.

Identities of the passengers have not been released.

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