Strong Waves Shift O.C. Plane Wreckage, Making Recovery 'Hard'
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Wednesday marked day four in the recovery efforts of the plane that, witnesses say, spiraled out of controlled and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Recovery crews in Ocean City told WBOC it's a race against time and 'Mother Nature.' There was zero visibility at sea Wednesday. In addition, waves continue to slam up against what's left of the wreckage from Sunday's afternoon crash that killed two off-duty Ocean City police officers. So crews have to move fast, which Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said they are.
"As of 11 o'clock today[Wednesday], there are divers from the salvage company out in the water, photographing the aircraft, making an assessment as to the conditions and how best to remove the aircraft from the waters," said Shipley.
Whether it be with inflatable bags to float it up to the surface or with a crane, the lead National Transportation Safety Board investigator said crews are doing what they can without getting hurt. But just keeping an eye on the wreckage is tough.
Beachgoer Ed Taladay,of Ocean City, said he spotted the buoys at the crash site just days ago. However, today he said they vanished.
"They positioned those buoys and yesterday I couldn't see them, they were gone," said Taladay.
He heard the plane go down, and wants to see every piece recovered.
"My son saw the plane going down," said Taladay. He went on to describe what the deadly plane crash that happened Sunday later afternoon in Ocean City, "he said it looked like a whale. The tale of plane looked liked a whale. And I heard the impact and when I turned around it was already going down into the water."
But the NTSB can not figure out why this plane crash into the Atlantic waters until it's pulled from the sea floor.
"They believe it is still in that area, there may have been a shift that pulled the marker buoy under," said Shipley. "But they believe it is still in that vicinity and they will attach another buoy to it and then they will make the arrangements when to bring it out."
Town hall spokeswoman Jessica Waters said plans to remove the plane on Thursday is still on.