DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK – As reported in online news articles published by www.newsday.com and longisland.news12.com, and www.usatoday.com, a small plane crashed into a home while headed to East Farmingdale, resulting in the death of 1 passenger and 1 occupant of the home.
A small plane carrying 3 people was traveling to East Farmingdale when it crashed into a home in Dutchess County. The accident killed 1 male passenger in the plane as well as 1 person inside the house at the time of the accident. The 2 additional men on the plane survived the accident, while 1 additional person in the home was seriously injured and another was unaccounted for.
State police report that the small plane took off from Orange County Airport in Montgomery, stopped for fuel at the Sky Acres Airport in Lagrangeville, and headed for Republic Airport in East Farmingdale.
The small plane, a twin-engine Cessna 303, crashed into a ranch-style home on South Smith Road in Union Vale in the late afternoon before making it to East Farmingdale. The crash happened approximately 1 mile from the Hudson Valley Airport. Authorities state that the home was engulfed in flames and smoke was visibly coming from the home.
The airplane purportedly had engine trouble shortly after takeoff before crashing into the Dutchess County home. While state police indicated the small airplane took off from Orange County Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the airplane took off from Republic Airport. It is unclear why the information from state police and the FAA differ.
The FAA will investigate the plane crash while the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) will determine a cause of the crash. No additional details, including the names of the victims, have been released.
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