Officials search for answers after recovering damaged plane in West Haverstraw

Officials said Saturday that they are trying to determine what caused a small plane to crash into a pond in West Haverstraw.

Authorities used a heavy salvage crane and air bags to bring the small plane to the surface. The single engine four-seat aircraft sank 30 feet into the waters of Bowline Park. The pilot of the plane, 50-year-old Ilan Reich was forced to make an emergency landing and used the built in parachute system in the plane. State police say Reich told them he suffered some medical difficulty that forced to him carry out an emergency landing.

FAA officials say the plane is under inspection to see if there were any mechanical causes to the crash. A final determination into the cause of the crash is expected to take weeks.

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