Body reportedly recovered after small plane crashes off New York City

Police have reportedly recovered a body after a small single-engine plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the New York coast late Wednesday.

Police started to receive calls about a plane going down in the vicinity of Breezy Point in Queens at about 7:33 p.m. The New York Police Department’s aviation unit spotted the wreckage about a mile and a half off the coast. The New York Post reported that officers later recovered a body from the wreckage.

A witness told The Post they saw the plane descend and it appeared to be speeding as it headed toward the water.

“The lights were going at a 40-degree angle, super-fast beyond what I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I have never seen an airplane going from west to east [in this area].”

Another witness said they saw a “crazy angle” of lights in the sky and then seconds later heard a boom and realized the plane had crashed.

The Post reports the plane is registered to James McGee of Rye, New Hampshire. McGee had filed a flight plane for a trip from Philadelphia back to New Hampshire.

It’s still unclear how many people were on the plane. The FAA said it had no reports of any aircraft missing in the area, but is investigating the situation.

Police said they will investigate the crash throughout the night.

Fox News’ Patrick Manning and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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