The Latest: 3 plane crash victims released; 1 still missing

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Posted: Feb 21, 2016 4:04 PM

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane carrying four people that crashed in the Long Island Sound (all times local):

4 p.m.

Authorities say three of the four people aboard a small plane that crashed in the waters in the Long Island Sound have been treated at a hospital and released.

Police continue searching for one man who remained missing Sunday.

Officials say student pilot, 25-year-old Austricio Ramirez, of the Bronx, was flying the Piper PA-28 Saturday when he ran into difficulties. Controls were turned over to 36-year-old instructor pilot Nelson Gomez, of Queens.

The plane crashed around 11 p.m. Saturday, landing in Port Jefferson Harbor, along the New York shoreline. Authorities say all four men exited the plane into the water.

Ramirez, Gomez and 25-year-old Wady Perez, of Queens, were rescued by Suffolk County police.

Twenty-three-year-old Gerson Salmon-Negron, of Queens, remained missing Sunday night.

Authorities are investigating.

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3:45 p.m.

Police are continuing to search for a person still missing after a small plane crash in the waters in the Long Island Sound, but the Coast Guard has suspended their search.

Authorities say the Piper PA-28 went down around 11 p.m. Saturday, landing in Port Jefferson Harbor, about 60 miles east of New York City.

Coast Guard officials said Sunday morning that the search went on for 18 hours through the night, covering 90 square miles before they called it off just after 10 a.m.

But police are continuing to look for the missing person by boat.

Details are to be announced by Suffolk County officials at a 2 p.m. news conference.

Two people were rescued after the crash. The third person has been accounted for.

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This story has been corrected to show that police are continuing their search for the missing person. Only the Coast Guard announced its group has ended its search.

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7:45 a.m.

Officials say the search is ongoing for one person who remains missing after a small plane crashed in the Long Island Sound, less than a mile off the New York shoreline.

Authorities say the Piper PA-28 went down around 11 p.m. Saturday, landing in Port Jefferson Harbor, about 60 miles east of New York City.

A Suffolk County Police spokeswoman said Sunday morning that the search went on through the night. Two people were rescued after the crash, and a third person aboard the plane has been accounted for.

Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said early Sunday that four people were on board the plane heading to Long Island MacArthur Airport when the pilot reported engine trouble and made the "forced landing."

She said the FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

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1:30 a.m.

Police are searching for one person who remains missing after a small plane crashed in the Long Island Sound, less than a mile off the New York shoreline.

Authorities say the Piper PA-28 went down around 11 p.m. Saturday, landing in Port Jefferson Harbor, about 60 miles east of New York City.

Suffolk County police say two people were rescued after the crash and a third person also has been accounted for.

Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said early Sunday that four people were on board the plane heading to Long Island MacArthur Airport when the pilot reported engine trouble and made the "forced landing."

She said the FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

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12:15 a.m.

Police are searching for at least one person who remains missing after a small plane crashed in the water off Long Island.

Authorities say the plane went down shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. They say the aircraft crashed into Port Jefferson Harbor in Suffolk County, about 60 miles east of New York City.

Suffolk County police say two people were rescued after the crash. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were on board, but police were still looking for at least one more person.

Police had no further details early Sunday morning.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.