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Plane Crash Tragically Kills Three in Chateauguay County, New York, (NY)

November 06, 2020

MAYVILLE, NY- writes that three people died in a plane crash this week in Chateauguay County. The incident involved a twin-engine private plane.

The authorities spent two days searching for the aircraft following reports that the plane lost contact with air control. In the late morning, the County Sheriff's Office reported that the authorities had located wreckage from the airplane. The plane appears to have come down close to route 380 and Route 60 near Ellicott. The initial search was called off in the middle of the night and resumed the following morning. 

Reports did not include information regarding the ages of the victims or where they are from. Although little information is available about the identities of victims, it appears as though the pilot was a man and that the passengers included the pilot's sister and a friend of the family. The flight took off from an airport in North Carolina, and it was reportedly traveling towards the Jamestown airport when air control reported a loss of contact. 

According to weather reports from the area, there was a light snowfall, mist, and fog in the region at the time when the plane lost contact. The reports do not include information regarding the cause of the crash. The incident will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, and further reports regarding the cause of the tragic crash will be forthcoming.

Small planes are more likely to be involved in crashes than are larger aircraft. Part of the reason that smaller planes are more at risk of being in crashes stems from the fact that the pilot's flying large commercial planes must undergo significant amounts of training prior to operating those planes. Pilots can fly smaller planes with much less experience. However, there are other factors at play as well, including the fact that large commercial planes must have redundant safety features and are subject to stringent safety checks.

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