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The “Builder to the stars,” his wife under 4 feared dead after a plane crashes off New York coast

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Two dead and two missing after a small plane crash

The plane crashed during a storm off the coast of New York.

Four people, including a prominent New York builder who built home for stars such as Martha Stewart and Billy Joel, were feared dead Sunday after their plane crashed off the coast of Long Island, police said.

Ben Krupinski, 70 — known as the Hamptons “Builder to the Stars” — and his wife, Bonne Bistrian Krupinski, 70, and grandson, Will Maerov, 22, were presumed dead after the crash about 1.5 km south of Indian Wells Beach just before 3 p.m. Saturday, police said. The pilot, Jon Dollard, 47, was feared dead.

Ben Krupinski, 70, Bonnie Krupinski, 70, together with their grandson Will Maerov (not shown) were feared dead after their plane crashed Saturday.

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“We are affected by this loss,” said Captain Kevin B. Reed of the coast guard. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones of the two recovered individuals.”

The four were on the Piper PA-31 Navajo plane on the way to East Hampton Airport when it crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett, Long Island, police said. Two bodies were recovered after the crash.

U. S. Coast Guard, East Hampton Town Marine Patrol and private boats searched through the debris prior to the suspension of the search on Saturday night. Rescuers resumed the search Sunday morning.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash. Extreme weather conditions such as was reported in the area when the plane went down.

The members of the New York State park, and the police look the near the site of a plane crash in the ocean off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, N. Y.

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“There was a very nasty storm going on. It was unexpectedly. There were very strong downdrafts,” Bill Gardiner, a local pilot, told the New York Post.

Gardiner added Ben and Bonnie Krupinski was in the possession of the private aircraft since the 1980s.

The beloved couple known as “Bennie and Bonnie” by the local residents had a real-estate empire worth a reported $150 million, according to the New York Post. On his company website, Ben Krupinski was described as a man who “built a reputation for delivering excellent results” and a member of the greater Hamptons business community for the last 40 years.

In a 1992 New York Times article, Krupinski was called an “ace East Hampton pilot and Contractor to the Stars.”

He completed projects, the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton. The family was the owner of several restaurants including 1770 House, East Hampton Point and the Citta Nuova.

“They were generous not to believe,” Citta Nuova worker Jeanne Nielsen told the New York Post. “They were very philanthropic…their grandson Will had been working here for the summer in the past. He was a student at Georgetown.”

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Nielson said the family “flew the whole time” and were expected to dine in Citta Nuova before you go to the movies.

“They were always together. They were the couple that was together forever,” she added.

The Krupinskis were also involved in politics and threw fundraisers for Republican politicians, Newsday reported. They also have a campaign contributions to Lee zeldin once, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush in the past.

“These are amazing, amazing people. They are the heart of the East Hampton,” old-East Hampton chosen Diana Weir told the news site.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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