Search continues for 2 missing after small plane crash off Amagansett

Saul Bowman
June 4, 2018

The Coast Guard said Sunday afternoon that it suspended its search for the plane wreckage and the two remaining occupants due to rapidly deteriorating sea conditions. The plane was a Piper PA31 Navajo twin-engine aircraft with four people on board including the pilot, reports the Coast Guard.

East Hampton town police say the four people on board included 70-year-olds Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, and 22-year-old William Maerov, all of East Hampton.

Krupinski, a East Hampton native, was a well-known businessman who built luxury homes for Martha Stewart and for Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, among others, according to his website.

Coast Guard rescue crews, local agencies, fishing vessels and shore units continued to search the area for potential survivors Saturday night.

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, but O'Hare noted that the plane went down around the same time that thunderstorms entered the area.


Mr. and Ms. Krupinski, both 70, were the owners of three East Hampton restaurants - the 1770 House, Cittanuova, and East Hampton Point - and, along with her family, of the East Hampton Golf Club. "I can't confirm that was the cause", he said on Saturday afternoon. The crash scene was about a mile and a half (2.4 kilometres) south of East Hampton.

After hours of searching, two bodies were pulled from the water Saturday. He added that private boats had located a debris field off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo would confirm only that a plane had crashed and that police had set up a command post at Indian Wells Beach.

Small planes and helicopters are popular travel options for people with the means to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Long Island Expressway.

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