UPDATE: Rescuers Look For Pilot In Deadly NY Angel Flight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rescuers are searching for the pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed in upstate New York, killing two passengers.

A dispatcher for the Fulton County Sheriff's Department says divers went to a large pond Saturday morning where the bulk of the plane was found submerged in Ephratah, west of Albany. Investigators are also combing nearby woods.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane departed from Bedford, Mass., and was headed to Rome, N.Y., when it crashed Friday night.

Angel Flight is a nonprofit group that arranges free air transportation for sick patients from volunteer pilots. Officials haven't yet identified the passengers or pilot.

Ephratah resident Roger Berry tells The Associated Press he was chopping wood when the plane crashed. He says he heard a bang and saw pieces of the plane crash.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A small airplane operating as an Angel Flight has crashed in upstate New York, killing two passengers as investigators search for the pilot, who is missing.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the flight originated in Massachusetts and crashed about a half-mile west of Caroga, N.Y., just after 5 p.m. Friday.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said most of the Piper PA 34 aircraft was submerged in a large pond in a wooded area in Ephratah, about an hour west of Albany. He said the investigation will continue in the morning, when divers can enter the water.

The FAA said the flight departed from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., and was headed to Rome, N.Y., before crashing about 57 miles to the east, near Caroga.

Lorey said the plane was affiliated with Angel Flight, a nonprofit group that facilitates volunteer pilots to transport sick patients. Representatives from Angel Flight NE did not immediately return calls for comment.

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