Plane carrying 4 crashes off NY, 2 bodies recovered

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

"Following a tireless search for the two individuals who remain missing, it is with deep sadness that we are suspending the active search efforts", said Capt. Kevin B. Reed, commander Sector Long Island Sound. It was not immediately clear which of the four passengers had been recovered.

After hours of searching, two bodies were pulled from the water Saturday. The plane was a Piper PA31 Navajo twin-engine aircraft with four people on board including the pilot, reports the Coast Guard. The pilot was 47-year-old Jon Dollard, of Hampton Bays.

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The plane had been expected to land at East Hampton Airport before it crashed.

Mr. O'Hare could not identify a cause of the plane crash, only offering that it was around the time that thunderstorms had entered the area.

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The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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

Coast Guard rescue crews, local agencies, fishing vessels and shore units continued to search the area for potential survivors Saturday night.

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