Bodies recovered in Lake Harney plane crash

By Christina Jensen, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:12 PM EST

The bodies of three people were recovered Saturday night from a plane crash in Seminole County, authorities said.

The twin-engine aircraft crashed into Lake Harney on Friday at about 11:15 a.m.

The pilot, identified as Kamahlesh Naik, 56, from Sanford, and two trainees from China were on board the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane was heading toward the Orlando-Sanford International Airport Friday before it crashed.

Radar and radio transmission were lost as the plane approached the airport, NTSB investigator Joshua Cawthra said during a news conference Sunday.  

An investigation into the crash is underway. Currently, officials are trying to recover the wreckage from the lake.

The plane is about 10 feet under water, but visibility is making it difficulty for crews to find the rest of the plane.  

“We are in the process of recovering the wreckage of the airplane,” said Joshua Cawthra, NTSB senior aviation accident investigator during a news conference Sunday. “It’s a fairly complex situation right now due to the underwater visibility.”

NTSB is using sonar and dive teams to help in the search.

Officials said it could be several days before the wreckage is removed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in the investigation.