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Body of Indian-American hotelier recovered

The body of an Indian-American hotelier, who died along with his son and a doctor friend when a family-owned small plane carrying them nosedived into the Mohawk river in New York during an afternoon leisure trip, has been recovered.

world Updated: Jun 16, 2009 13:11 IST

The body of an Indian-American hotelier, who died along with his son and a doctor friend when a family-owned small plane carrying them nosedived into the Mohawk river in New York during an afternoon leisure trip, has been recovered.

The body of Albany-based hotelier George Kolath, who hails from Kerala, was recovered on Monday afternoon, state police said. Bodies of his 11-year-old son George Kolath Jr and a friend identified as Krishnan Raghavan (52) were pulled out from the river on Sunday.

Kolath was entertaining his son and Raghavan when the Piper Cherokee went down shortly after taking off from the nearby Mohawk Valley Airport on Sunday, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.

The Piper Aircraft crashed in the Mohawk River in the town of Glenville, about 40 km northwest of Albany. It sank in 30 feet of water and was pulled out from the river on Monday and loaded onto a barge.

George Kolath, the older brother of actor, producer and director in India Tom George Kolath, was a successful businessman who owned hotels in several cities, his brother-in-law Anil Paulose told the Times Union newspaper of Albany.