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UPDATE: Plane Crash Victims Identified, OCPD Mourn Loss Of Two

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Maryland State Police have identified the victims in Sunday's Ocean City plane crash. The victims are 43-year-old Thomas J. Geoghegan Jr. of Ocean City and 27-year-old Joshua Adickes of Berlin. Both men served as Ocean City Police officers.

Both Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police worked Monday to recover the bodies from the plane wreckage. Both were found Monday afternoon, but the recovery was suspended with the aircraft still in the water due to dangerous conditions.

The Nanchang CJ-6A aircraft in the crash was owned by Thomas Geoghegan.  State Police investigators believe he was piloting the plane and Joshua Adickes was seated behind him in the only other passenger seat on the aircraft.  Preliminary information indicates the plane took off from the Ocean City Airport between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. yesterday.  The destination is not known at this time.  

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials will be investigating the cause of the crash. They tell WMDT it could be up to a year for the final crash report, but a preliminary report could be seen in the next seven to 10 days.

The following is a statement from the Ocean City Police Department:

"It is with great sadness that the Ocean City Police Department confirms that two of our police officers were the victims in yesterday's plane crash in Ocean City. Both officers were very dedicated and courageous both on and off duty. Their love of life was clearly demonstrated in their professional and personal pursuits. They exemplified the finest character and their passing is a tremendous loss to the Ocean City Police Department family. As we deal with this difficult time, we ask that you respect the privacy of their families and peers. Maryland State Police and Federal Aviation Authorities continue to handle the investigation. When the time is appropriate, we will release more information about our officers and their distinguished service to the community."

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