Coast Guard: Wing from Downed Cargo Plane Washes Ashore on Hutchinson Island

Surprised beach-goers on Hutchinson Island stumbled upon a large wing from a cargo plane that washed up this morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the wing is from the Conquest Air Cargo plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 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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