Authorities investigate plane crash in Neptune

The only person aboard a small homebuilt plane that crashed into the shallow waters of the Shark River this weekend was killed, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said Sunday night.Authorities also believe they have identified the plane.

The four-seater RV-7 aircraft was registered to Richard Jahns of Point Pleasant Beach, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said, but she stressed that it was not known if he was piloting the plane when it went down just before 7 p.m. Saturday.The victim's body has not yet been recovered.

Witnesses say the plane crashed nearly nose first into just a few feet of water, disappearing into the mud below.

"I didn't hear it at first [until] it started screaming out of the sky,? says Bob Goliash, who was driving by when the plane went down. ?It came straight down [and] disappeared into the water."

Authorities say that is what has made the search so difficult. A few pieces of wreckage found early on provided few clues as to what type of plane it was - or who was on board.

Police from Neptune and the state as well as Federal Aviation Administration investigators spent hours in the shallow water - using dive teams and sonar equipment.

State police say they'll resume search efforts about daybreak Monday.

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