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Rescuers Look for Pilot in Deadly NY Angel Flight

USE THIS PLANE CRASH PHOTO B Courtesy the Leader HeraldEPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) — 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.

Angel Flight Northeast founder and president Larry Camerlin, has issued the following statement, “Angel Flight NE staff and volunteers are tremendously saddened by this tragedy and we all offer our thoughts and prayers to the families of those affected. Our volunteer pilots are the most compassionate and generous individuals who donate their time, aircraft and fuel to transport patients and loved ones for free to essential medical care that would otherwise not be readily available to them.  There are no words that can adequately express our sorrow.”


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