UPDATE: Officials identify couple killed in plane crash headed to Savannah


MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida have confirmed that a Maryland couple was killed when their plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

News outlets report that officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission responded to a call about a body in the water Sunday morning, and recovered Towson residents 61-year-old Paul Brezinski and 38-year-old Kseniya Grishina. Officials from the agencies say the couple’s Cessna airplane crashed after takeoff from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport.

Monroe officials say the two were believed to be the only people on board the plane, which was destined for Savannah, Georgia.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Two people died after a small plane crashed shortly after taking off Sunday morning from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport.

The aircraft, a 1961 Cessna 210 Centurion, was bound for Savannah, Georgia, when it departed at around 6:30 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration in Miami.

Authorities say the wreckage went unnoticed until shortly after 9 a.m., when a passing boater spotted a body floating in the water. A second body was later recovered.

The Monroe Sheriff’s Office says the two were believed to be the only people on board the flight, but a dive team is searching waters near Rachael Key.

The identities of the victims were under investigation.

The FAA said it would be handling the investigation but that National Transportation and Safety Board would determine the cause of the crash.

The Centurion is a single-engine aircraft that usually sits six people.

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