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Official: 2 Dead after Angel Flight Crashes in NY

EPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) — 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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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