Persaud’s body was recovered hours after the plane plunged into the water, one mile off the coast of Quogue, near the Hamptons. Persaud was the owner of the plane which took off from Danbury Municipal Airport bound for Charleston, S.C.
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Police, the air national guard and crews with the U.S. Coast Guard, pulled the bodies of two other passengers from the plane late Sunday.
Witnesses said the engine of the plane was sputtering and screaming before going silent and bursting into three pieces. People say the pieces of the plane twirled in the air before falling into the ocean below.
“And then the engine went up even to a higher pitch, screaming and screaming, and then all of a sudden quiet,” one witness said. “It happened instantly. I saw three pieces of plane, separate trajectories heading towards the ocean, and they were just kind of going down like a leaf.”
“A friend was golfing and saw a small airplane blow up into three pieces,” another witness said.
The cause of the crash is still not known at this time.
“The NTSB and the FAA all have investigators here working with us,” Chief Chris Isola of the Quoque Village Police Department said.