NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 11:08 PM
The plane is spotted in the water as NYPD responded with boats and helicopters to search for debris.
A man’s body has been pulled from the chilly waters off of Queens after a single engine plane plunged into the ocean off of Rockaway, officials and witnesses said.
NYPD helicopters and scuba units were searching for victims after discovering debris south of Breezy Point, police said.
The unidentified man was pulled from the water just before 11 p.m., a source said.
“We are sending someone up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where the plane was headed to see if we can get a positive ID,” the source said.
Witnesses reported they saw an aircraft hit the water around 7:50 p.m.
A wing, pieces of fiberglass, a small plane wheel and personal items were recovered about a mile off the coast out from Beach 219th St., according to sources.
Seven witnesses saw the plane go down; a small debris field was found shortly after.
“The New York Police Department reported to the FAA that they found several aircraft parts off the shore of Breezy Point, Queens, NY tonight at approximately 8:30 pm,” the agency said in a statment. “The FAA has no reports of any missing aircraft in the area. The FAA will investigate.”
The JFK control tower has been contacted by authorities, but had not received a distress call and had no reports of a missing aircraft, a source said.
Coast Guard units also responded. It’s unclear how many passengers were aboard the craft, but the tail number corresponds to a 2-seat CTLS, registered to a James McGee of Rye, N.H.
The plane departed the Northeast Philadelphia airport and was cruising around 1,000 feet before rapidly plummeting into the ocean, data from Flightradar24.com show. The plane was headed for an airport in Portsmouth, N.H.
There was no word of survivors.