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Plane wreckage pulled from Redwood Shores

Three people killed in Thursday morning crash, including Robert Borrmann of East Palo Alto

The wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a lagoon in Redwood Shores Thursday (Sept. 2), killing all three people on board, was removed from the water Friday (Sept. 3).

A salvage crew was at the scene of the crash and used floatation devices to raise the wreckage from the five to six feet of water in which it was resting, Redwood City spokesman Malcolm Smith said. The plane was floated to a nearby dock and lifted out of the water, Smith said. He said the bodies of two of the victims were still inside the plane's fuselage.

The crews told Smith that the process was expected to take three to four hours to complete. It began at about 11 a.m., he said.

"They're very deliberate and careful about how they're handling this, so I think they're going to take their time and do it right," Smith said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will take the wreckage to a warehouse in Sacramento to be examined, Smith said.

One of the people killed in the crash was Robert Borrmann, 91, founder of R.E. Borrmann's Steel Co. in East Palo Alto. The city is also alerting residents who live along the lagoon to avoid contact with the water due to possible contamination from fuel spilled in the crash, Smith said.

"We don't yet know the extent of the fuel or oil leakage, so we're erring on the side of caution," Smith said.

The same lagoon was the site of a sewage spill last week, which occurred about a mile from where the plane crashed, Smith said. City officials were still treating the spill Wednesday and had hoped to reopen the lagoon for recreational activities as soon as this weekend.

Now, because of the fuel, the lagoon will remain closed indefinitely.

The twin-engine Beech 65 Queen Air plane crashed into the lagoon just north of Twin Dolphin Drive at about 11:50 a.m. Thursday, just 30 seconds after it took off from the San Carlos Airport on its way to San Martin, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

Firefighters found the body of a woman, believed to be about 40 years old, floating near the wreckage when they responded to the crash Thursday morning. She was removed from the water and pronounced dead, Redwood City fire Battalion Chief Dave Pucci said Thursday.

The woman has been identified and her family has been notified, but her name is not yet being released, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office. The second man has also not been identified. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Related story:

Three die in Thursday plane crash

— Bay City News Service

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