Wing from cargo plane that crashed washes ashore on Hutchinson Island

Coast Guard says wing is from plane that crashed into Atlantic Ocean

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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This plane wing washed ashore Monday morning on Hutchinson Island. The U.S. Coast Guard says the wing is from the Conquest Air Cargo plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Bay Harbor Islands.

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. - A wing from a cargo plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week off the South Florida coast washed ashore Monday morning on Hutchinson Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the wing is from the Conquest Air Cargo plane that crashed into the water Friday about 13 miles east of Bay Harbor Islands.

Robert Hopkins, 68, of Coconut Creek, was piloting the plane from the Bahamas to Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport when it crashed. A representative for Conquest Air Cargo released a statement saying the pilot declared an emergency and attempted a water landing.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the co-pilot, Rolland Silva, 28, but Hopkins was never found. The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday.

Silva was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center to be treated for his injuries. He was listed in stable condition.

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