Bodies of South Florida Residents Recovered in Plane Wreckage

The Cessna 340, similar to this one, disappeared on Thursday (photo via Wikipedia).
The Cessna 340, similar to this one, disappeared on Thursday (photo via Wikipedia).

The bodies of the two South Florida couples who died in a plane crash in Virginia last week have been recovered.

Salvage crews have been working since Sunday night to remove the wreckage of the crashed twin-propeller Cessna 340.

The crews had been battling harsh weather conditions as they performed recovery efforts.

Theodore Bradshaw, 61, and his wife, Mary Anne Bradshaw, 48, of Cooper City; and Charles Rodd, 64, and his wife, Diane Rodd, 58, of Boynton Beach were on their way to a wedding from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when the plane disappeared over the Great Dismal Swamp last Thursday afternoon.

The couples were expected to land at the Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Virginia at noon on Thursday.

The crashed plane was discovered by a search helicopter in the Great Dismal Swamp on Friday.

Bradshaw, who was piloting the plane, was a 33-year veteran of the Sunrise Fire Department.

Rodd was a Vietnam vet. The two women were sisters. Funerals are still pending.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Virginia State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. As crews collect debris from the crash site, they hope they can find a clue as to what exactly brought the plane down.

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