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OCPD Mourns The Loss Of Two Of Their Own

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Joshua Adickes of Berlin, Md. Joshua Adickes of Berlin, Md.
Tom Geoghegan of Ocean City, Md. Tom Geoghegan of Ocean City, Md.

OCEAN CITY, Md. - The beach town of Ocean City mourns the loss of two police officers, killed in a horrific plane crash, just half a mile off the coast.

Forty-three year-old Officer Thomas Geoghegan Jr, originally from Annapolis. He began serving the department in 1991 as a seasonal officer and has served each summer since 2002. Geoghegan was the owner and pilot of the plane, which crashed Sunday afternoon.

Riding with him, 27 year-old Officer Joshua Adickes, of Berlin, is originally from Long Valley, NJ. He joined the Ocean City Police Department as a seasonal police officer in the summer of 2011 and was hired as a full time officer in 2012.

Their colleagues spelled out their grief on their website, describing their passing as a "tremendous loss," and members of the community who witnessed the crash shared their pain with WMDT.

"My heart immediately sunk when I saw it happen.  People on the plane, anyone that saw it...the kids...horrible sight to see," says Al Koltz.

About an hour before the crash, Police say Geoghegan and Adickes boarded a Nanchang CJ-6A aircraft and took off from the Ocean City Airport.

Folks on the beach who saw the plane flying knew something was horribly wrong as it began to wobble and spiral before plummeting nose-first into the ocean.  The plane's unusual movements will likely be a part of what's expected to be a year long investigation.

"We will be looking at his certificates, what certificates he held, what privileges  he could exercise with those certificates, says Brian Rainer with the National Tourism Safety Board, "any specialized experience he might have had, for example, aerobatic experience."

Resting nearly half a mile from the shore, Ocean City Police believe there isn't much risk of swimmers being injured by debris from the downed plane, or pieces washing ashore, but if anyone does come in contact with debris, they are asked to contact the Maryland State Police in Berlin, Maryland at (410) 641-31-01. 

Depending on the weather conditions, the remnants of the plane, which are still in the ocean as of Monday, will be likely not be removed until Friday. 

Until then, all that marks the horrific event is a distant orange buoy, A sight family and friends of the victims looked out to, while they embraced during a memorial service on the beach near 130th street.

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