Sgt. Lawrence Peele confirmed Saturday that the plane and the body were recovered Friday night. The pilot was earlier identified as 58-year-old Lawrence Klimek, of Howell, New Jersey.
Authorities said the single-engine Mooney M20J left Trenton-Robbinsville Airport in Robbinsville, New Jersey, at about 8 a.m. Wednesday and later crashed about 1,200 feet (365 meters) from Cape May Lighthouse.
Captain Jack Moran, owner of salvage company Sea Tow Cape May, which was working with Northstar Marine on the recovery, told the Press of Atlantic City that Klimek’s body was still strapped into his seat in the cockpit.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.