Update: Husband and wife aboard plane that crashed into the Mississippi, authorities say

A second body was found on Sunday.
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Authorities have found a second body following a plane crash in the Mississippi River. 

One victim –identified as 48-year-old Jill Rygwall of Princeton – was pulled out of the water by witnesses on Friday, but was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A second victim, who is believed to be Jill Rygwall's husband Chad Rygwall, was found in the plane's wreckage at the bottom of the river, KSTP reports

Divers located the plane on Sunday afternoon and towed it to shore, at which point officials found the second victim's body, MPR News reports

The victim's identity will be officially released by the medical examiner. 

Officials said they're not looking for any more victims. 

For more, check out our story from Sunday morning below. 

Husband and wife aboard plane that crashed into the Mississippi, authorities say

Authorities have identified the woman who was killed when a plane crashed into the Mississippi River on Friday night.

According to a news release from the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as 48-year-old Jill Rygwall of Princeton. 

Bystanders had pulled Rygwall's body from the water after the crash, but she was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, the release says.

Rescuers are still searching for Rygwall's husband, who investigators believe was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Authority originally reported that three people were involved in the crash, but the sheriff's office only mentioned two victims.

The sheriff's office said the plane was registered to the Rygwalls.

The crash

Several people called 911 after a small, single-engine Cessna airplane crashed into the Mississippi River in Ramsey around 5:34 p.m. on Friday, the sheriff's office says.

Witnesses told investigators that the airplane was flying upstream at a very low altitude when it struck a set of power lines that cross the river, and immediately fell into the water.

Some witnesses went to the crash with their pontoon boat and pulled the woman from the water. They provided CPR until paramedics arrived.

“Just a husband and wife out for a flight and, unfortunately, tragedy,” Lt. Brent Erickson told the Star Tribune

“He was flying upriver, in a westerly direction. The skies were clear last night. He may have been blinded by the sun. That may have played a part in him not being able to see the power lines," he added.

The sheriff's office says the plane took off from the Princeton airport yesterday, but investigators do not know when because the airport is uncontrolled and pilots are not required to file a flight plan or radio their departure or arrival.

A vehicle registered to Rygwall's husband was located at the Princeton airport, and the hangar where the plane is kept was found open with no plane inside, the release says.

Recovery efforts continued Sunday, but authorities say very high water levels and extreme current on the river are making it very difficult.

More information may be released as the investigation continues, the sheriff's office said.

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