MORICHES - Authorities have identified two New York men who were killed after a small plane crashed into an inlet on Long Island.

Suffolk County police have identified the men as 51-year-old Cyril McLavin, of Fresh Meadows in Queens, and 72-year-old Andrew Messana, from Bayside, Queens.

The crash happened at around 3 p.m. Saturday, when the plane went down in Moriches Inlet, near the eastern end of Fire Island. It sank in about 15 to 20 feet of water, with the men trapped inside.

The Globe Swift aircraft had left from Spadaro Airport, not far from the crash site, earlier Saturday. Good Samaritans and rescue crews tried to save the men on the sunken plane, but to no avail.

An autopsy will be performed at the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office.The plane is being taken to Westhampton where authorities will investigate the cause of the crash.

AP wire services were used in this report.

Police: Small plane crashes into Moriches Inlet