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Contra Costa Deputies Assisting in Salvage of Downed Plane in San Pablo Bay

The wreckage, being recovered Wednesday afternoon, is expected to contain the pilot's remains.

Twitter: ‏@KTVU/@cocosopi -- Salvage vessels are in place Wednesday afternoon for the recovery of the plane fuselage.
Twitter: ‏@KTVU/@cocosopi -- Salvage vessels are in place Wednesday afternoon for the recovery of the plane fuselage.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office expects to recover the body of a pilot killed in a plane crash last weekend during a salvage operation this afternoon in San Pablo Bay, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

The pilot, whose name is not yet being released, is believed to be the only person aboard the single-engine Cessna 210 that went down after a midair collision with another small aircraft around 4:05 p.m. Sunday, according to sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.

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A marine salvage company is expected to remove the plane's fuselage from the bay around 4:30 p.m. The process should take up to an hour, Lee said.

The plane was found Monday in 13-feet-deep water about a mile north of the Brother Islands near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, authorities said.

The U.S. Coast Guard has identified the pilot but is not releasing the name pending notification of relatives.

A husband and wife aboard the second plane, identified as a single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20, were uninjured and landed in Amador County about 40 minutes later, authorities said.

The couple was on their way back from a photo shoot in Half Moon Bay at the time of the crash, according to Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

--Bay City News

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