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Two police officers killed in Md. plane crash

Tuesday - 7/2/2013, 3:18am  ET

The bodies of Ocean City police officers (left to right) Joshua Adickes and Thomas Geoghegan Jr. were recovered Monday from the wreckage of a plane crash. (Courtesy Ocean City Police Department)
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Investigators start looking for answers

Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP reporter


OCEAN CITY, Md. - The bodies of two Ocean City police officers have been recovered after their plane went down in the ocean Sunday.

The bodies of Thomas Geoghegan Jr., 43, and Joshua Adickes, 27, were found by dive teams in the wreckage Monday, according to Maryland State police.

Ocean City police say, Adickes, of Berlin, Md., is originally from Long Valley, N.J. 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.

He was assigned to the patrol division where he worked on the evening south shift.

In a release, the police department says Adickes "was fun-loving, charismatic and liked by all who knew him. He loved the beach and loved being an Ocean City Police officer."

Geoghegan, of Ocean City is originally from Annapolis. He began serving the department in 1991 as a seasonal officer and served each summer since 2002.

Police say Geoghegan served numerous tours as an undercover narcotics detective and was assigned to the patrol division where he worked on the evening south shift.

In a news release, police say "amongst many hobbies, he loved to fly airplanes and enjoyed taking his friends for airplane rides."

The Ocean City Police Department issued the following statement:

It is with great sadness that the Ocean City Police Department confirms that two of our police officers, Joshua Dale Adickes and Thomas James Geoghegan, Jr., were the victims in yesterday's plane crash in Ocean City.

Both officers were dedicated and courageous both on and off duty. They had a true love of life, which they demonstrated in their professional and personal pursuits. They exemplified the finest character and their passing is a tremendous loss to the Ocean City Police Department family.

The plane was found 30-feet below the surface about one-quarter mile off the beach from 130th Street, police say.

Divers worked in zero visibility and rough waters to find the men. The search was called off multiple times due to poor weather conditions.

Maryland State Police say the plane, owned by Geoghegan, went down Sunday afternoon.

Mayor Rick Meehan says witnesses told police that the aircraft spun out of control before crashing.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the single-engine Nanchang CJ- 6A took off from Ocean City Municipal Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials will be investigating the cause of the crash.

Witnesses talk about the crash:

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