Wreckage of small plane found off St Maarten

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Posted: Nov 09, 2014 4:48 PM

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Authorities said Sunday they have recovered wreckage of a small cargo plane that crashed more than a week ago off the tiny Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten.

But the head of Puerto Rico's emergency management agency, which has been assisting with the search off St. Maarten since the Oct. 31 crash, said the body of one of the two people on board remains missing.

The Skyway Enterprises twin-engine SH36 plane was en route to Puerto Rico at the time of the sea crash, which occurred shortly after takeoff from St. Maarten. The company based in Kissimmee, Florida, was operating under contract with FedEx.

The body of one pilot was recovered by rescuers on the day of the crash. The body of the second has not been found by divers.

In a Sunday statement, Puerto Rico emergency management chief Miguel Rios Torres identified the missing pilot as Rigoberto Lopez Colon of the U.S. Caribbean territory.

Aviation authorities in St. Maarten will conduct an investigation into the plane crash with assistance from experts from the U.S., where the plane was registered, and Britain, where it was manufactured.