Authorities: Small, private plane crashes off the Hamptons

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on Long Island say a small private plane carrying three people crashed into the ocean several miles off the Hamptons.

It was not immediately clear whether the three survived as the aircraft hit the water just after 11 a.m. Saturday.

Assistant Chief Kevin Raynor of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department says witnesses reported the plane hurtling down into the ocean off the village of Quogue.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier says rescue operations by sea and air are underway. TheCoast Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the Suffolk County sheriff’s office and a commercial salvage vessel are involved.

Raynor says people on the beach reported the plane sputtering before it crashed.

Authorities say it appears to have taken off from the Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach.

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