Small Plane Crashes in Long Island Inlet, 2 Dead

The U.S. Coast Guard says the aircraft went down around 3 p.m. in Moriches inlet

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    A small plane crashed Saturday into an inlet on Long Island, killing two men from Queens who were trapped in the sunken aircraft, officials said.

    The aircraft went down around 3 p.m. in Moriches inlet, near the eastern end of Fire Island. After it crashed, it sunk in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Suffolk County police divers worked to reach the occupants for hours after the plane sank.

    Small Plane Crashes in Long Island Inlet

    [NY] Small Plane Crashes in Long Island Inlet
    Two people trapped in a small plane that crashed into an inlet on Long Island are feared dead, but divers continue to search for them. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Monday, Oct 22, 2012)

    Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson said the bodies of two men and the plane were retrieved from the inlet shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, about eight hours after the crash.

    On Sunday, Suffolk County Police identified the two men as 51-year-old Cyril McLavin of Fresh Meadows, and 72-year-old Andrew Messana, of Bayside.

    Medics had remained on the scene for hours after the crash in case the two survived, but they were submerged for hours and presumed dead because water had come into the cabin.

    The Globe Swift aircraft departed Spadaro Airport, not far from where it crashed, earlier Saturday.

    Good Samaritans on a nearby boat were first on the scene, and tried to keep the plane above water but tying a rope to it, but the aircraft sank.

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