3 dead after small plane that took off from CT crashed off Long Island coast

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Three people were killed when a small plane that took off from Connecticut crashed into the ocean off the coast of Long Island Saturday, authorities say.

The bodies of the three occupants have now been recovered. One of the bodies was found Saturday shortly after the crash. The Coast Guard announced Sunday evening that divers located the two missing bodies after finding the wreckage of the aircraft in about 20 feet of water south of Quogue, New York.

The twin-engine aircraft went down around 11 a.m. Saturday. The FAA says the plane took off from Danbury and was bound for Charleston, South Carolina.

Police have identified the body that was recovered Saturday as that of 41-year-old Raj Persaud, of Waterbury.

According to his Facebook page, Persaud was the owner of a flight training school. Police say the plane belonged to him.

The identities of the other two plane occupants have not been released.

It marks the third deadly plane crash on Long Island since May.

The cause of Saturday's crash is not known at this time. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

According to the National Weather Service, there was light rain and 10 mph winds at the time of the crash.

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