A small passenger airplane bound for Charleston crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday morning near Westhampton, New York, killing all three passengers on board, authorities said.
By Sunday evening, all three individuals had been recovered from the aircraft. As of press time, authorities had only identified one of them, Munidat "Raj" Persaud, 41, of Waterbury, Conn., according to the New York State Police. Persaud's body was found sometime Saturday.
The Piper PA-34 airplane crashed into the ocean about three miles south-southeast of Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, said Jim Peters, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airplane had taken off from Danbury Municipal Airport and crashed sometime after 11 a.m. Saturday, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier. The plane was en route to Charleston Executive Airport.
It was not immediately known why the group was traveling to Charleston.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Strohmaier said Sunday that the aircraft's fuselage had also been located but that authorities were determining how to bring it above surface.