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SOMERS POINT, N.J. (AP) — Officials say the single-engine plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey last week has been recovered.

John Ryan, owner of TowboatUS, tells The Press of Atlantic City ( ) his company pulled the plane from the water around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Ryan says a body was found inside the Mooney M20 aircraft. Federal officials examined the plane at Ryan’s salvage yard Sunday.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say 68-year-old pilot Michael Moir departed for a flight to Atlantic City from Gaylord, Michigan, around noon Thursday.

Moir’s aircraft held a steady course for the southern New Jersey city before making a steep descent over the ocean.

Officials say Moir hadn’t made radio contact with air traffic control for about two hours before the crash.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.),