Search suspended for missing plane that went down in Lake Pontchartrain _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Matthew Hinton -- The Coast Guard and other agencies search the choppy waters of Lake Pontchartrain Thursday, Nov. 13, for a missing plane.

Search and rescue workers on Wednesday found the bodies of two men missing since their single-engine plane crashed into Lake Pontchartrain last week.

Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, the deputy New Orleans mayor for public safety and homeland security, said the bodies were recovered from the lake after authorities spent days searching for the two men.

He said police found one of the bodies about 7:15 a.m. near the 5400 block of Lakeshore Drive. The second body was found slightly before noon.

Both bodies were taken to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office for identification, and Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said Wednesday night that his office “has made positive identifications of the two plane crash victims, Burt Lattimore and Aftab Rab.”

He said his office “will conduct autopsies in the morning, and toxicological tests will be performed in conjunction with the FAA to confirm the cause of death.”

The two men in the plane had been previously identified as Lattimore, a flight instructor, and Rab, a student-pilot.

Their Cessna 172 crashed into the lake about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, about a mile northeast of Lakefront Airport.