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Update 3/16/2018 9:27 a.m.:

(OCEAN CITY, MD) –State and military underwater recovery teams have concluded their operations off Ocean City in response to the fatal plane crash there earlier this month.

The multiple underwater recovery operations conducted resulted in the recovery of one. The deceased is identified as the pilot Marcson Ngwa, 28, of Windsor Mill, MD. Ngwa was the only body recovered from the plane crash.

Based on information received state police investigators believe there may have been a second passenger on board. The alleged passenger is identified as Benica Mesha Richards-Robinson, 28, of Gwynn Oak, MD. Richards-Robinson has been reported as a missing person through the Maryland State Police Golden Ring Barrack.

On March 1, 2018 at approximately 10:15 a.m., federal officials notified the Maryland State Police Special Operations Division that an aircraft believed to be a single-engine, four-passenger plane left Martin State Airport the previous night en route to Ocean City and had not yet returned.Investigation indicated that at least two people were on board the plane.It was determined the aircraft was not at the Ocean City Airport.

A search of the area near the Ocean City Airport was initiated the morning of March 1.The crew of Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 4 and Civil Air Patrol personnel located what was described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Airport.

Rescue personnel focused their search on that area at the time.Although the aircraft was not located then, Natural Resources Police officers in the water near the oil slick recovered debris believed to be associated with an aircraft.

Search efforts continued throughout the day. Just before 5 p.m. on March 1, Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police and the U.S Coast Guard conducted side-scanning sonar operations in an underwater debris field. The debris field was located approximately 5 miles from the initial oil slick in the Atlantic Ocean.

Rescue personnel located a severely deteriorated airplane and the body of one of the passengers, later identified as Ngwa. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Search efforts were suspended shortly before 6 p.m. that evening, due to the impeding storm and rough seas. Dive teams would resume searching for other passengers once the impending storm passed and the ocean conditions permitted.

On March 8, 2018, a search and rescue operation resumed and continued through March 10, 2018. The joint rescue operation included the Maryland State Police, U.S Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police and The Ocean City Fire Department.

Throughout those three days, the team used side scan sonar to identify areas of interest. The team searched and cleared the plane wreckage methodically, resulting in all parts of the plane being located. There were no other passengers recovered during the search mission, which concluded on March 10, 2018.

Anyone with additional information regarding Richards-Robinson is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Forrester of the Golden Ring barrack at (410) 780-2700. The missing person’s report is an ongoing investigation.

The Maryland State Police will not speculate on the cause of the crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and will be determined by federal authorities.


Update 10:10 p.m.:

(OCEAN CITY, MD) —Maryland State Police along with local and federal agencies recovered a body of a plane crash victim in Worcester County.

Shortly after10 a.m.today, federal officials notified the Maryland State Police Special Operations Division that an aircraft believed to be a single-engine, four-passenger plane left Martin State Airport last night en route to Ocean City and had not yet returned.It is unknown for certain how many people were on-board the plane.It was determined the aircraft was not at the Ocean City Airport.

A search of the area near the Ocean City Airport was initiated late this morning.The crew of Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 4 and Civil Air Patrol personnel have located what is described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Airport.

Rescue personnel are focusing their search on that area at this time.Although the aircraft has not been spotted, Natural Resources Police officers in the water near the oil slick have recovered debris believed to be associated with an aircraft.

Search efforts continued throughout the day. Just before 5:00 p.m. this evening Maryland State Police, National Resources Police Department and the Coast Guard conducted side scanning operations in an underwater debris field. The debris field was located approximately 5 miles from the initial oil slick in the Atlantic Ocean.

Rescue personnel advised the aircraft was located in severely deteriorated conditions. A body was recovered from among the pieces of the plane. The body recovered was a male wearing the same clothing as described on the pilot who left Martins Airport yesterday. The body will be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for autopsy.

Search efforts concluded at just before 6:00 p.m. this evening. Dive teams will resume searching for other passengers once the impending storm passes and the ocean conditions permit.The investigation continues.


Update: 5:19 p.m.- Coast Guard releases names of missing

Coast Guard, Maryland responders search for 2 from plane crash

BALTIMORE— The Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police are searching for two missing people by air and waterThursday, after debris from their small plane was found in the water near Ocean City Inlet.

Missing are Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center began coordinating search efforts when the Cessna 172 didn’t return to Martin State Airport as expected and was not transmitting its location beacon. They left from Martin State Airport and were seen practicing touch-and-gos at the Ocean City Municipal AirportWednesdayevening.

A natural resources police helicopter crew located a sheen off Ocean City at about11:30 a.m.Thursdayand the Coast Guard was called to take over coordination of the search. A mariner, natural resources police boat and Coast Guard boat crews located debris from the airplane near the sheen.

Watchstanders at the command center at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region are coordinating response efforts with Coast Guard Station Ocean City boat crews, Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City helicopter crews, Maryland State Police divers and the natural resources police boat and helicopter.

Not actual plane, but is the same type

(OCEAN CITY, MD) — Maryland State Police along with local and federal agencies are involved in the search for a missing plane in Worcester County.

Shortly after 10 a.m. today, federal officials notified the Maryland State Police Special Operations Division that an aircraft believed to be a single-engine, four-passenger plane left Martin State Airport last night en route to Ocean City and had not yet returned. It is unknown for certain how many people were on-board the plane. It was determined the aircraft was not at the Ocean City Airport.

A search of the area near the Ocean City Airport was initiated late this morning. The crew of Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 4 and Civil Air Patrol personnel have located what is described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Airport.

Rescue personnel are focusing their search on that area at this time. Although the aircraft has not been spotted, Natural Resources Police officers in the water near the oil slick have recovered debris believed to be associated with an aircraft.

The Maryland State Police Underwater Recovery Unit is on-scene. Assistance has and continues to be provided by the US Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police troopers and members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

A command center has been established at the Maryland Natural Resources Police Boathouse on Harbor Road in West Ocean City.