NORTH SALEM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Debris believed to be from a missing small plane has been found in a reservoir in North Salem, New York State Police said Friday.
The plane, a 1971 Cessna, went missing while it was approaching the Danbury Airport around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. The airport said it lost radar contact with the aircraft when it was just south of the Titicus Reservoir.
Sources say two people were on the plane, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported. It was coming in from Mississippi, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Authorities began searching for the plane Thursday night, but the effort was called off due to dense fog.
When the search resumed Friday morning, police said debris believed to be from the missing Cessna was found in the water.
“We were able to see a sheen on the reservoir,” DEP spokesman Adam Bosch said. “We were also able to find some debris, specifically a seat and a wheel were found.”
The reservoir supplies water to New York City, but the DEP said the crash and the search will not hamper the water system at all.
“There is no threat to New York City’s water supply whatsoever,” Bosch said. “Right now obviously the police who are working on site, their dive teams are concentrating on finding debris, finding the airplane, finding anyone who may have been aboard.”
Multiple departments are assisting state police in the search, including the Croton Falls Fire Department, Yorktown Heights Fire Department, DEP, Civil Air Patrol and State Police aviation.
The National Transportation Safety Board is on its way to investigate and figure out what caused the plane to go down.