Small Plane Recovered from Bottom of New York River

June 16, 2009

Authorities have recovered the small plane that crashed into the Mohawk River in eastern New York, killing a man and a boy and leaving a second man missing.

There was no immediate word from officials if the missing man had been found after the plane was lifted from the river bottom and loaded on a barge Monday morning.

Authorities say the bodies of a 52-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy were recovered from the Piper Cherokee after it crashed following departure from a Schenectady County (skeh-NEHK’-ta-dee) airport around 2:20 p.m. Sunday. The plane sank in 30 feet of water and was found by people in a boat nearby.

State police haven’t released the names of the two men and the boy.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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