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2 of 3 occupants of crashed plane in Washington County recovered

Search conditions continue to be difficult due to the depth and debris from the wreckage.
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Grey Cloud Island

Search teams have recovered two of the three people who went missing after the small plane they were in crashed into the deep, water-filled quarry on Grey Cloud Island in Washington County on Sunday. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that "search conditions continue to be difficult due to the depth and debris from the wreckage," noting that the search for the third occupant will continue with assistance from the Cottage Grove Police Department and dive teams from Hennepin and Dakota counties, respectively. 

Details about the recovery of two of the occupants have not been provided, nor have their identities been released, pending notification of their family members. 

The small Cessna aircraft went down Sunday, having departed from Fleming Field Municipal Airport in South St. Paul on Saturday afternoon. The flight plan had the plane landing at Fleming Field Airport on Sunday night, but communication was lost shortly after the plane was seen on raar near Red Wing, officials told KSTP.

Crews believed the plane crashed into the quarry, located south of St. Paul Park near the Mississippi River, Sunday evening. They searched the quarry with boats and lights that night, ultimately finding wreckage. 

Dive teams searched the 200-foot deep quarry on Monday, and Sheriff Dan Starry told reporters that they had located the plane using underwater sonar, and were then working on recovering the plane. 

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are leading the investigation. 

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