Divers recovered the bodies of two Maryland police officers Monday, the day after their two-seater airplane crashed off the coast of Ocean City.
Thomas Geoghegan Jr., 43, owned the Nanchang CJ-6A plane, and state police said he was likely the pilot when it crashed. The other victim, Joshua D. Adickes, 27, was likely seated behind Geoghegan. Both worked as Ocean City police officers and were off duty at the time of the accident.
Crews from the Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Coast Guard, Ocean City Police and the salvage company Sea Tow Delmarva searched by air and sea for the wreckage of the plane.
Major Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said the officers likely took off from the Ocean City airport between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. Sunday. The crash occurred about half a mile from the beach around 4 p.m. Search parties stopped their efforts around 9 p.m. due to dangerous conditions, resuming in the morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.
“We’re on the scene and trying to pull the wreckage out of the water,” said NTSB spokesman Terry Williams. “There were witnesses and we expect to interview them. We also understand there is some video footage, most likely taken by someone on the beach. We want to take a look at that too."