NEW ORLEANS, La. (WWL-TV) – Three days after a plane crashed into Lake Pontchartrain the plane was pulled from the water.

The female passenger got out of the sinking plane and was rescued, but two men who were inside the plane are still missing.

“The couple had hired the aircraft to take them on a night time flight around the city of New Orleans,” said Lakefront Airport Director Ben Morris.

“They did that, they were coming back in, and again, it appears they hit a little rain shower, a very significant rain shower, a rainstorm. They were making their approach to the airport, and at that point they disappeared off the radar.”

“It’s a very sad thing, because she did tell us that she and her boyfriend were holding hands when she slipped out of the aircraft,” Morris said.

Family members were at the site as the plane was pulled from the water and lifted on to the barge.

Divers located the plane just 1,000 feet short of the Lakefront Airport runway Sunday.

A crane mounted on a barge was brought in Monday evening to to lift the plane out of the water.