Nov 5, 2015 6:11 PM
RYE - The body of an unidentified man was recovered at the scene of a small plane crash near Queens, N.Y. on Wednesday night.
The aircraft, described by witnesses as a light sport plane, went down into the Atlantic Ocean near Breezy Point just before 8 p.m., police said.
Authorities believe the man was the pilot and the only one on board at the time of the crash.
Weather conditions were foggy and waters were 'choppy' when the plane went down, local TV reports said.
According to the FAA, the plane's tail number - N622BT - is registered to James McGee of Rye, N.H.
McGee, known as "Brad", is a local businessman who previously worked at Tyco. Records listed a home address of 7 Forest Green Road, where nobody answered a knock at the door Thursday afternoon.
Local police said they were requested by New York authorities to respond to McGee's home overnight, but were not informed of the circumstances.
Neighbors told a NH1 News reporter that McGee lived with his wife, Terry, but the couple rarely spent time in Rye. McGee also owned homes in Florida and Maine, neighbors said.
The New York Police Department Special Operations unit tweeted out photos showing the aftermath and investigation.
The NTSB and FAA took over the investigation on Thursday. Crews attempted to pick up the pieces of the aircraft, including fuselage and personal items.
“After we transport it we will gather the perishable evidence, take more pictures, document it; and overall we'll be looking into the man, the machine and the environment during this investigation," said NTSB investigator Heidi Moats at a press conference.
Moats said the plane's engine still hadn't been located as of 2 p.m..
According to FAA records, the plane is a Flight Design GMBH, model CTLS. The single-engine aircraft can carry two people.
The FAA confirmed to NH1 News that the plane had a prior tail number – N764AC. Photos of a plane with that number, and the same serial number as the plane that crashed in New York, were posted to FlightAware, a website used by pilots to track flight plans.
A flight plan listed for N622BT said the plane left Pease Airport in Portsmouth just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday. It arrived in Philadelphia several hours later. On Wednesday, it left Philadelphia after 6 p.m. and then crashed in New York around 8 p.m..
The investigation is ongoing.
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