A man from Jupiter, Florida was killed in the crash of a small plane offshore of Marathon early today.
Shortly after midnight, Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call from a Marathon man who said he heard the plane crash off the gulfside of Marathon. The caller said he got on his boat and went to find out what happened. About a mile offshore of 63rd Street in Marathon he found debris and then found the body of 53 year old Edward Elgin, the only occupant of a 1973 single engine Piper aircraft, tail number N54380.
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the site on the water. They reportedly located the plane, fully submerged. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will be sending an investigator to the area to investigate the cause of the crash.
According to his family, Elgin was in the Florida Keys for lobster season.