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Plane, actor's dead brother pulled from NY river

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JESSICA M. PASKO | June 15, 2009 07:26 PM EST | AP

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GLENVILLE, N.Y. — Divers on Monday searching a river where a small plane went down recovered the body of the third person who died in the crash, the brother of an Indian television and film actor.

The Piper aircraft crashed in the Mohawk River in the town of Glenville, about 25 miles northwest of Albany, on Sunday afternoon shortly after takeoff from a Schenectady County airport. It sank in 30 feet of water. It was pulled from the river Monday morning and was loaded onto a barge.

The body of Mathai Kolath George, 41, was recovered Monday afternoon, state police said. The bodies of his 11-year-old son, George Kolath, and another man, Krishnan Raghavan, 52, were recovered Sunday.

Mathai Kolath George, the older brother of actor, producer and director 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. He was the founder of Kolath Hospitality Group, an Albany-based hotel management and development company.

Telephone calls and e-mails to his company from The Associated Press were not immediately returned Monday.

Mathai Kolath George came to the United States from Kerala, in southern India, about 20 years ago, Paulose said. His brother has acted in television shows such as "Summer in America" and has produced and directed TV series and feature films including "Gandhi Park."

The plane was registered to Kolath Airlines LLC, in Bear, Del., according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said Monday afternoon that his agency had turned over the investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the agency was beginning its investigation.