Coast Guard: 2 bodies recovered after small plane crashes with 4 aboard

Posted: Updated:
AMAGANSETT -

Two bodies have been recovered after a small plane carrying four people crashed off the coast of the South Fork on Saturday, according to the Coast Guard.

The FAA says the plane went down shortly before 3 p.m. The plane went down about a mile and a half off the coast of Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett.

The Coast Guard and other agencies are involved in an active search and rescue operation to locate the other two occupants of the downed aircraft.

WATCH: News 12's Pat Cavlin discusses weather conditions at time of crash
MORE: Interview with aviation expert after small plane crash off South Fork

WATCH: Chopper 12 above small plane crash off South Fork

Officials say the first body was recovered from the Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft by East Hampton lifeguards. 

Authorities have not confirmed the identities of the plane's occupants.

“We are stricken by this loss,” Coast Guard Capt. Kevin B. Reed, commander Sector Long Island Sound, said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the two recovered individuals.” 

The cause of the plane crash remains unclear. But initial reports show that it went down in rough weather.

“At that time there were actually some pretty large thunderstorms passing through the South Shore,” says News 12 Meteorologist Pat Cavlin. Radar from that time indicated lightning and heavy downpours in the area.

The NTSB will investigate the crash.

It marks the second small plane crash on Long Island this week. A small plane crash in Melville on Wednesday killed a Pennsylvania stunt pilot.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • 3 Nassau officers named in indictment detailing drug ring, robbery plot

    3 Nassau officers named in indictment detailing drug ring, robbery plot

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:18:07 GMT
    Three Nassau police officers were among 13 indicted Wednesday inside a Riverhead courtroom in connection to a multistate drug ring and plot to rob a patron and armored car at Jake’s 58 casino.Three Nassau police officers were among 13 indicted Wednesday inside a Riverhead courtroom in connection to a multistate drug ring and plot to rob a patron and armored car at Jake’s 58 casino.

    Three Nassau police officers were among 13 indicted Wednesday inside a Riverhead courtroom in connection to a multistate drug ring and plot to rob a patron and armored car at Jake’s 58 casino.

    Three Nassau police officers were among 13 indicted Wednesday inside a Riverhead courtroom in connection to a multistate drug ring and plot to rob a patron and armored car at Jake’s 58 casino.

  • Toddler’s death sparks movement to change Amber Alert criteria

    Toddler’s death sparks movement to change Amber Alert criteria

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:10:19 GMT
    The death of a Smithtown boy who was abducted by his father has sparked a movement to change the way police issue Amber Alerts.The death of a Smithtown boy who was abducted by his father has sparked a movement to change the way police issue Amber Alerts.

    The death of a Smithtown boy who was abducted and apparently killed by his father spurred activists to push for changes to how police handle Amber Alerts.

    The death of a Smithtown boy who was abducted and apparently killed by his father spurred activists to push for changes to how police handle Amber Alerts.

  • Search suspended for boy missing in Long Beach waters

    Search suspended for boy missing in Long Beach waters

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-06-20 22:52:39 GMT
    The search for a missing 10-year-old boy in the waters off Long Beach has been suspended, according to all agencies involved in the search.The search for a missing 10-year-old boy in the waters off Long Beach has been suspended, according to all agencies involved in the search.

    The search for a missing 10-year-old boy in the waters off Long Beach has been suspended, according to all agencies involved in the search.

    The search for a missing 10-year-old boy in the waters off Long Beach has been suspended, according to all agencies involved in the search.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

  • Just Married on Long Island

    Just Married on Long Island

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."