Family says man killed in plane crash was from New Hampshire

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RYE, N.H. (AP) — The family of a New Hampshire businessman confirmed Friday that he was the pilot who died when a small plane crashed in New York City.

The plane crashed Wednesday night in the waters off Breezy Point, at the end of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.

Phil McGee said his brother, 57-year-old James "Brad" McGee, was killed. He said his brother called his wife Wednesday night to tell her he was heading home from a business trip in Philadelphia. He was to fly to Portsmouth.

"Brad was an amazing brother, husband, executive, entrepreneur, community member, naval officer, grandson, uncle and friend to many," Phil McGee said in an emailed statement. "Despite his untimely passing, he lived a very full and rewarding life and will be remembered by those he touched as one of most generous, inspiring, fun and playful people you will ever know."

Authorities recovered one body and said they believe the pilot was alone in the light sport aircraft when it crashed about 7:30 p.m.

Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said investigators are processing the wreckage that has been recovered, including examining any electronic devices that could help paint a picture of the plane's last moments. They're also seeking witness interviews, radar data, recordings of conversations with air traffic controllers and weather data as they continue to investigate.

A longtime friend, John Callaghan, said he and McGee started two companies designed to help small businesses find financing.

Public records say McGee, who lives in Rye, received his sport pilot license in 2012.