Officials: Names of 2 who died in LI plane crash still not released

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Officials have still not released the names of two of the three people who died in a plane crash off Long Island over the weekend.

They say that Raj Persaud died in the crash that took off from Oxford-Waterbury Airport Saturday. Persaud was in his 40s and owned Oxford Flight Training at the airport.

Officials say Persaud owned the twin-engine Piper PA-34 and was on board the plane, but they haven't confirmed who was flying the plane.

There has been no confirmation yet from Danbury Airport that Persaud made a stop there after leaving Oxford to pick up two people.

Danbury says he applied for a permit to open a flight training school there but never pursued it.

Officials say the plane was headed for South Carolina but crashed off Long Island. It was found in about 20 feet of water.

Persaud's daughter says her father was passionate about flying.

"He knew the dangers. Whenever he heard about a plane that crashed, it hurt him as an instructor. He knew it was a chance, but it never stopped him from teaching people how to fly,” said his daughter, Mary Persaud.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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