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Third body recovered from plane crash off Amagansett, police say

A third body was recovered Friday from the wreckage of last week’s plane crash off Amagansett, East Hampton police said.

New York State Park Police probe the scene

New York State Park Police probe the scene of a plane crash off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Saturday. Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

A third body was recovered Friday from the wreckage of last week’s plane crash off Amagansett, East Hampton police said.

Authorities also identified the two bodies found earlier as Bernard and Bonnie Krupinski, luxury developers from East Hampton. Both were 70.

The update came after hundreds packed an East Hampton church Friday morning to memorialize the Krupinskis and their grandson, William Maerov, 22, who was also aboard the plane when it crashed.

The statement from Police Chief Michael Sarlo did not say whether the crash victim found was Maerov or pilot Jon Dollard, 47. The body was being brought to the Coast Guard station in Montauk, and would be taken to the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office for identification, Sarlo said.

The Piper PA31 Navajo was discovered Thursday afternoon about a mile off Atlantic Avenue Beach, about 45 feet under water, in an area where visibility is three to five feet, Sarlo said.

Most of the plane has been found, Sarlo said Friday, adding the small aircraft did not have a black box.

Sarlo said East Hampton police divers, with help from Southampton Town police divers, continued to scour the wreckage Friday for the fourth victim.

Police said Sea Tow, a private on-water assistance service, would help salvage the plane Friday.

The plane, which had been coming from Rhode Island, crashed as it approached East Hampton Airport last Saturday, Sarlo said.

The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the plane at 2:33 p.m., a time when heavy rain and squalls were reported off the coast, authorities said.

The plane crashed about two miles off of Indian Wells Beach at about 3:20 p.m. The Coast Guard, which helped lead the air, water and shoreline search, then received a report of a debris field. The Krupinskis’ bodies were found not long after.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the cause of the crash.

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