"Of course they were in shock and distraught," Meehan said of the families. Fellow officers "have really rallied around the families and tried to provide as much comfort as they can at this time."

The bodies of the officers will be sent the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.

Flight instructor Brian Seeba, who is based at the Ocean City airport, said generally, Nanchang CJ-6A models are built overseas and used for flight instruction and enjoyment — not for trips of any distances.

The crash was one of a few single-engine plane crashes that have taken place in June, according to reports. On Saturday, two people walked away unharmed from a crash in Tulsa, Okla., when the plane's landing gear didn't lock in place on approach. On June 23, two people died in a crash near the Boulder City Airport in Nevada.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials will investigate the cause of the crash.

"It's a terrible accident," said Town Councilman Brent Ashley. "Everybody is devastated over this."

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.