One Presumed Dead After Film Crew Crash

Key West, Fla. (AP) -- Park rangers rescued four people when a small plane carrying a film crew crashed in the Dry Tortugas, but a fifth occupant was killed after he was dragged down by the wreckage.

A team of U.S. Army Special Forces divers recovered the body of Neal Fredericks inside the submerged plane on Sunday, a day after the crash, Coast Guard officials said. The single-engine Cessna plane remained in 51 feet of water about a half mile from Fort Jefferson.

Park rangers took the four survivors to nearby Fort Jefferson, a 19th century island fort in the remote Dry Tortugas National Park about 70 miles west of Key West, said Coast Guard spokesman Josh Harrington. No names were released, but Harrington said they were in good condition.

The privately owned, single-engine Cessna departed from the Florida Keys Marathon Airport.


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