BOKEELIA, Fla.- Salvage operations began Friday to bring a Piper PA-32 passenger plane back to shore after it crashed off Upper Captiva Island.
Sea Tow in Charlotte County is in charge of salvage operations. They will be working alongside the NTSB.
The NTSB says the plane is being taken to a secure facility in the Orlando area for processing and to be examined.
Divers found a body in the plane, but have not said who it is.
Investigators also still don't know what caused the plane to crash, but still most of it was still intact under the water, except for a wing that had fallen off.
WINK News has also confirmed, the man who owns the plane is Gregg Howard, from St. Petersburg. Howard owned property on the island. Howard's wife and friends told WINK News, he was the pilot when the plane crashed.
The small plane crashed into the water while trying to land at the Salty Approach Airport.
The NTSB is also investigating the crash. The FAA is only releasing preliminary information about Wednesday evening's crash. They said a Piper PA 32 aircraft, which can fit six to seven people inside, went into the water about 100 feet off Upper Captiva Island, just before 6:00 p.m.
WINK News spoke to the pilot's wife, who was very emotional. She said that was her husband, Gregg Howard, was flying the plane and he was the only one on board when it plunged into the Gulf.
So far, scuba divers with the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Coast Guard have found no sign of survivors. The plane's wing can be seen sticking out of the water. It's the only visible part of the plane.
The FAA said the plane was on it's way back to Upper Captiva after leaving Page Field. The grass airstrip is just 500 yards, and people who live on Upper Captiva said landing becomes an issue when it rains.
"The wheels don't have enough friction to land a plane and to control it. If you are coming in too fast, you will lose control of the airplane and it doesn't stop fast enough," said Mike Fariancci.
According to our partners at the News-Press, North Captiva has been the scene of many airplane crashes over the years.
April 19, 1990: Karl Drews of the San Carlos Park Fire Department and Andy Anderson of the Upper Captiva Fire Department crashed and died.
Feb. 28, 2003: A Palm Harbor pilot died when his small plane crashed after taking off from the island.
June 1, 2004: Two men escaped injury when their Cessna 172 crashed off Upper Captiva Island. They swam to shore.
March 10, 2006: A single-engine Beech Musketeer airplane crashed during an attempted landing at the airstrip. The pilot and passenger were not injured.
Count on WINK News to bring you details as we get them.