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Oct 13, 2018 12:23 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Medical Examiner Positively Identified Passengers Of Downed Plane Recovered On Sunday

DANA SHAW
Oct 16, 2018 11:45 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 10:10 a.m.

The two bodies that were recovered on Sunday were positively identified by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner as Jennifer Landrum, 45, of Augusta, Georgia, and Richard P. Terbrusch, 53, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, according to Quogue Village Police Chief Chistopher Isola.

UPDATE: Sunday, 7:35 p.m.

New York State Police confirmed that two bodies—an adult male and an adult female—were recovered from the crash site.

"At this time the search has ended," police said in a recent press release.

UPDATE: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

The two remaining passengers of the piper PA-34 were recovered shortly after the plane's fuselage was discovered on the sea floor at around 3:30 p.m, according to Steve Strohmaier of the U.S. Coast Guard.

He added that the fuselage remains submerged and that salvage crews will reasses the situation on Monday.

"The conditions were not ideal," he said.

He could not confirm if the bodies were recovered within the main body of the aircraft; however, he did confirm that they were found in the process of trying to decide whether to go through the fuselage underwater or lift it out.

"Either they were in or or very close to it," he said.

Both bodies were sent to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner office. Their identities have not yet been released.

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

Steve Strohmaier of the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that at about 3:30 p.m. dive teams located the fuselage, or the main body of the downed plane, approximately a mile south of Quogue.

"They're currently assessing how to bring it to the surface," he said, adding that it's "possible" that the two remaining passengers will be found within the body of the aircraft.

UPDATE: Sunday, 3:50 p.m.

The New York State Police issued a correction. The identity of the body found on Saturday in relation to the plane crash is Munidat Persaud. His nickname was Raj, as previously reported, according to police.

UPDATE: Sunday, 3:10 p.m.

Tim Carbone, manager of the Surf Club of Quogue, witnessed the plane accident on Saturday morning from the club's parking lot on Dune Road.

"I heard the plane engine accelerate in a very high, very loud way over the normal sound of an engine and then the engine stopped," he said.

He immediately ran to the beach and saw three pieces of the plane hit the water; however, he said that he did not see the plane itself go down.

Authorities responded to the scene shortly after.

UPDATE: Sunday, 2:45 p.m.

New York State Police positively identified the body found on Sunday as Raj Persaud, 41, of Waterbury Connecticut.

According to Mr. Persaud's Facebook page, he was the owner and president of Oxford Flight Training LLC in Oxford, Connecticut. He studied aeronautical engineering at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing, New York.

Assets including th U.S. Coast Guard, Suffolk County Police, State Police, Southampton Police, and several marine units continue to search for the remaining passengers and the plane's wreckage.

UPDATE: Sunday, 12:45 p.m.

Quogue Village Police Chief Christopher Isola and Trooper Ahlgrim of the New York State Police said that the search is still ongoing.

Keith Holloway of the National Transportation Safety Board—the agency tasked with determining the cause of the accident—could not offer any insight into why the plane stopped in Danbury prior to the accident.

He said once the fuselage is found, the NTSB will begin to determine the cause of the accident. "From there we can start putting the pieces together," he said.

He added that the agency will likely take the weather into account as Saturday morning's weather, according to the National Weather Service, included light rains and winds of about 10 miles per hour.

"Part of the investigation will be to look at the history of this flight, origin and destination and any issues that may have been a factor in the accident," Mr. Holloway said on Sunday afternoon. "It's too early in the investigation to speculate."

UPDATE: Sunday, 10:45 a.m.

In an emailed statement, Jim Peters, a spokesman for the FAA, also confirmed that the plane departed from Danbury Municipal Airport and was headed to Charleston Executive Airport in South Carolina.

Both Mr. Peters and Ms. Sisic declined to say why the plane landed at the Danbury airport after leaving originally from Waterbury Oxford Airport.

"The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause for the accident," he wrote.

UPDATE: Sunday, 9:40 a.m.

Alisa D. Sisic, a public information officer with the Connecticut Airport Authority, confirmed on Sunday morning that the downed piper PA-34, originated from Waterbury Oxford Airport and landed for a brief time at Danbury Airport on Saturday morning before crashing into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile from Quogue Canal.

The majority of the aircraft, which was carrying three unidentified passengers, has not yet been recovered, according to Steven Strohmaier of the United States Coast Guard—the agency leading the search and rescue.

Mr. Strohmaier added that the agency started using sonar technology on Sunday morning in an effort to locate the fuselage, or the main body of the aircraft.

“Once we have an idea of that, they’re going to send down divers,” he said. “We’re still treating this as an active search and rescue. Hopefully we’re going to find two people still out there.”

Representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately return phone calls on Sunday.

Trooper Daniel Ahlgrim of the New York State Police said on Sunday morning that the one body that was recovered on Saturday afternoon was transported to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner office. The identity has not yet been released.

UPDATE: Saturday, 3:45 p.m.

In a statement, Quogue Village Police Chief Christopher Isola confirmed that one body has been recovered from the plane crash; however, the identity of the person has not yet been released.

He added that Quogue Village Police, Southampton Town Police, and Westhampton Beach Police, as well as the areas fire departments, bay constables, and many other assets had responded to the scene. "This is a joint investigation," he said.

He explained that the wreckage of a small plane was discovered about a mile off of Quogue Beach.

No additional information was available.

UPDATE: Saturday, 2:25 p.m.

The downed plane was identified as a twin engine Piper PA-34, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press release on Saturday afternoon.

Immediately following the crash, watchstander at Sector Long Island Sound dispatched a boat crew from Station Shinnecock aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat.

The press release also stated that a debris field and oil sheen was located near the reported crash site, about a mile off of Quogue Beach.

Crews from the Suffolk County Marines, Bay Constables, a commercial salvage crew, and multiple aircrews from the New York Air National Guard are assisting at the scene.

An 87-foot patrol boat from the Coast Guard is also assisting in the search and recovery effort, the press release read.

It added that an air crew from Air Station Cape Cod is scheduled to be dispatched to relieve the Air National Guard.

UPDATE: Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

According to Southampton Town Police, the plane that crashed about a mile off shore of Quogue Beach on Saturday morning was a four-seater piper aircraft, however; the plane's departure and destitation are unknown.

Police could not provide any information regarding the passengers aboard the plane, only offering that it is a "search and recovery" effort," being lead by the United States Coast Guard.

The New York State Police Department is the leading agency for investigation with assisitance from the Southampton Town Police Department.

UPDATE: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Chief Billy Dalton of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department identified the search for the three passengers of the downed plane as a "recovery effort" on Saturday afternoon.

He could not offer information as to where the plane was headed or where it was coming from. He added that the department receieved the call notifying them of the crash at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

He also confirmed that the New York State Police Department, Southampton Town Police Department, Westhampton Beach War Memorial Ambulance, and the Air National Guard have responded to the scene.

Dune Road is closed from Beach Land Bridge in Westhampton to Quogue Bridge in Quogue, he said, noting that only security vehicles are being allowed access.

Chief Dalton added that there were a number of eye wittnesses who were fishing on the beach, though he could not offer any additional information.

Southampton Town Police could not be reached for comment.

Police at the scene set up a staging area at the entrance to the beach near the Surf Club of Quogue.

ORIGINAL STORY

A civilian plane carrying three unidentified passengers crashed about a mile off shore of Quogue Canal on Saturday morning, according to officials with the 106th Rescue Wing, a unit of the New York Air National Guard, stationed at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach.

Major Linda Varela confirmed on Saturday afternoon that it was not a military aircraft and that local law enforcement was responding to the scene.

Officials with the United States Coast Guard Station Shinnecock in Hampton Bays confirmed that there is debris in the water.

Southampton Town Police did not immediately return phone calls on Saturday afternoon.

No additional information was available.

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No update since 3 45pm Saturday??No coverage this am on Channel 12.
By watchdog1 (488), Southampton on Oct 14, 18 7:30 AM
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By icecreamman (398), Southampton on Oct 15, 18 8:08 AM
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By Enviro Guy (14), Southampton on Oct 15, 18 9:01 AM
A am sure that Sea Tow Shinnecock is owned by Les Trafford. Mr Frohnhoher is the president of Sea Tow International in Southold. Not sure who is running the recovery effort.
Les has run many recoveries in Shinnecock over the years of large boats...
By knitter (1508), Southampton on Oct 16, 18 5:33 PM
The clowns of the quoque police force getting every person doing 36 in a 35 mph zone. Cops are for securing not giving tickets to support 140k salaries. The pension system is short 3 billion this year wake up New Yorkers reckoning day is coming.
By chief1 (2552), southampton on Oct 16, 18 5:53 PM