Rescuers recovered a body inside an aircraft that crashed Sunday night off the South Florida coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Divers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office found the body of 24-year-old Abhishek Patter about 11 a.m. Monday, officials said in an email to NBC News.
Authorities had been searching for Patter, the sole occupant of the single-engine Piper PA-28, after it went down down near the Boynton Beach inlet around 8 p.m. Sunday.
“Our sincere condolences go out to the family who lost their loved one,” Capt. Jo-Ann Burdian, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami, said. “The Coast Guard and our partner agencies who participated in this search truly hoped for a different outcome to this tragic situation.”
Along with the Coast Guard and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, authorities from the Boynton Beach Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were involved in the search.
NBC News South Florida reported the plane was en route from Palm Beach County Park Airport to Merritt Island Airport.
Tim Fitzsimons is a reporter for NBC News.