Divers found the bodies of Thomas J. Geoghegan Jr., 43, of Ocean City and Joshua D. Adickes, 27, of Berlin, Md., Monday, a day after the crash, The Baltimore Sun reported. They also located the wreck of Geoghegan's Nanchang CJ-6A plane in 30 feet of water about a quarter-mile from the beach.
Geoghegan was an enthusiastic pilot who liked to take other members of the police department up for a flight, officers said.
Graham Bostic said he was out in the Sea Rocket, a motorboat, with about 70 passengers when he saw the plane falling. Bostic, the boat's captain, said he remained at the scene until the Coast Guard arrived to mark the spot where the plane sank.
Efforts to recover the plane were suspended Monday because of rough weather. They were to resume Tuesday.
"Everybody has a really somber feeling about what's happened," Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan told the Sun. "They were both recognized as good guys, were very popular in the Police Department, were excellent police officers. It's just a real tragedy for their families and for our community."