Plane Wreckage Discovered in Amagansett; One Victim Still Not Recovered

Police closed off access to Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Saturday, June 2, following reports of a plane crash. Kathryn G. Menu photo
East Hampton Town Police located the Piper PA31 Navajo plane that crashed Saturday on Friday afternoon, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo. The wreckage was discovered one mile off Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, and police divers did locate the remains of a third victim; one victim of crash remains missing, he said, and a search is ongoing.
On Saturday, June 2, at approximately 2:50 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call that contact had been lost with the twin-engine Piper Navajo PA 31, flying into the East Hampton Airport from Rhode Island carrying Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, both 70, their grandson William Maerov, 22, of East Hampton and pilot Jon Dollard, 47, of Hampton Bays. All four were lost in plane crash, which occurred roughly a mile and a half off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett.
The identity of the latest victim to be recovered has not been released. Chief Sarlo did confirm that on Friday the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office identified two victims discovered shortly after crash as Mr. and Mrs. Krupinski, a couple well known in East Hampton for their successful businesses and real estate holdings, but more so for their philanthropy, aiding a number of local non-profits and residents in need.
According to Mr. Sarlo, police divers have been “scouring the wreckage throughout the day” and the latest remains have been brought to the United States Coast Guard station in Montauk to be transferred to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
“Police divers continue their efforts to locate the remaining victim,” said Chief Sarlo in an email Friday. “The plane lies in approximately 40-45 feet of water, and visibility is approximately 3 to 5 feet. Sea Tow will remain on scene and continue to aid in the salvage of the plane wreckage.”
A funeral service was held Friday morning at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church for the Krupinski couple and their grandson, drawing hundreds to East Hampton Village to pay their respects.