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Body of pilot who crashed off Palm Beach County recovered

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell. ( )

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Divers recovered the body Monday of a 24-year-old pilot whose plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach County, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office divers found the body inside the Piper PA-28, the Coast Guard said. Abhishek Patter was the lone person on the single-engine plane, which crashed Sunday night near Boynton Beach Inlet, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses said they heard a loud boom and then the plane nosedived into the water.

“The person who called in the report said the plane was sinking,” Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast office in Miami told news outlets.

The plane was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport to Merritt Island Airport, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north, officials said.