Officials: 3 killed in small plane crash in upstate NY


ESPERANCE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say three people were killed when their small plane crashed in upstate New York.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed about 6:45 p.m. Saturday in a heavily wooded area and was destroyed by fire.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond says the three victims were pronounced dead by county coroner Matthew Coltrain on Saturday night. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

Desmond says a fourth person was transported to a burn unit at Westchester Medical Center. Details on the survivor’s condition weren’t immediately available.

Desmond says the plane was taking off from a private airport in the town of Esperance when it crashed about 1,000 feet from the facility. He says it’s believed it was headed for Connecticut.

Esperance is about 32 miles northwest of Albany.

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