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Jun 13, 2018 4:59 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Body Of Pilot In Plane Crash Identified, While Search For Krupinskis' Missing Grandson Is Called Off

Friends of William Maerov gather at Atlantic Avenue Beach as the recovery mission is underway.     KYRIL BROMLEY
Jun 19, 2018 2:29 PM

The Suffolk County medical examiner’s office has identified the body of Jon Dollard, who was the pilot of a private plane carrying Ben and Bonnie Krupinski and their grandson, William Maerov, when it crashed about a mile off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Saturday, June 2.

A press release from East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo on Wednesday, June 13, stated that the Suffolk County office had positively identified the 47-year-old Hampton Bays man after Town Police divers found his body on the afternoon of Friday, June 8, among the wreckage of the plane crash off Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett.

Mr. Dollard was piloting a twin-propeller Piper Navajo plane on June 2 when it crashed into the water at around 3 p.m. The bodies of Mr. and Ms. Krupinski, both 70, were found on the day of the crash.

The release also stated that, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, Town Police had called off the search for the body of Mr. Maerov, 22. The crash itself is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mr. Maerov and his grandparents were mourned at a funeral on Friday, June 8, at the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton. Mr. and Ms. Krupinski were laid to rest later that day at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.

A memorial service for Mr. Dollard has yet to be announced.

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