Crews pull plane out of Bay

Salvage crews are working on extracting a small passenger plane that crashed into the waters of the San Francisco Bay on Wednesday.

A single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion carrying two people landed into shallow water about 1000 feet north of the Bay Bridge toll plaza. Neither occupant was seriously injured in the crash, which occurred at 1:51 p.m.

The plane was owned by Air Flight Service, a Santa Clara-based company that specializes in aerial photographs. The plane’s two occupants, pilot Bruce Moody and passenger Matthew Barcelona, sustained mild hypothermia while waiting for Coast Guard boats to rescue them.

An independent salvage company has been contracted to remove the plane from the waters, according to Joe Ford of the Coast Guard. They were scheduled to arrive at the scene at 8 a.m., according to Ford, who did not know what company was in charge of the salvage operation. The Coast Guard is no longer involved in operations with the downed plane, Ford said.

The cause of the plane crash is still being determined, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane will be transported back to Sacramento, where the National Transportation Security Board will conduct an investigation to determine what went wrong, Gregor said. Typically, NTSB inquiries last months, Gregor said.

Officials from Air Flight Service could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The Coast Guard posted footage of its rescue on its Web site.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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