Southold Police Marine Units have located a single engine aircraft and its pilot, the only occupant, floating in the Long Island Sound, approximately seven miles north of the Mattituck Inlet.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard on the morning of Monday, July 7, the Coast Guard, along with Suffolk County Marine and Southold and Riverhead Emergency Services were investigating a reported downed aircraft in the Long Island Sound.
The downed aircraft, which was reported by another aircraft operating nearby at approximately 8:50 a.m., was described as “a small, white, experimental aircraft with a parachute deployed.”
Several hours later, Southold Police Marine Units located the aircraft still floating and its pilot. According to a press release issued by the Southold Town Police on Monday afternoon, the Southold P.D. Marine Unit recovered the body from the aircraft. The pilot was pronounced dead at the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday afternoon.
The National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash, according to the Southold Town Police Department.