Small plane crashes into NY home, causing massive fire

Authorities said two people are dead, three are injured and one is still missing following the Cessna’s crash into the home


By Verena Dobnik
Associated Press

UNION VALE, N.Y. — A plane crashed into a New York home Saturday, killing one resident and one person on the aircraft and causing a massive fire, state police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is to determine why the Cessna 303 plunged at about 4:30 p.m. in the rural town of Union Vale, 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Poughkeepsie.

Police close off a smoke filled road as rescue workers respond to a plane that crash into a house in Union Vale, N.Y. The Federal Aviation Administration says three people were on the plane. (Photo/Frank Becerra Jr., The Journal News via AP)
Police close off a smoke filled road as rescue workers respond to a plane that crash into a house in Union Vale, N.Y. The Federal Aviation Administration says three people were on the plane. (Photo/Frank Becerra Jr., The Journal News via AP)

State police spokesman Steven Nevel said three men were on the plane; one died and two were injured. Of three people in the home, one died, another was seriously hurt and the third is missing.

Two golden retriever puppies and a grown Newfoundland dog escaped the flames that engulfed the house on Union Vale's South Smith Street.

The names of the victims were not being released until family members were notified, the state police spokesman said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna left Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, a mile from the crash, and was headed to Republic Airport on East Farmingdale, Long Island.

State police Capt. Paul DeQuarto said at a news conference that the plane first took off from the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York, then stopped to refuel 40 miles (64 kilometers) away at the Sky Acres Airport before continuing toward Long Island.

DeQuarto said the Cessna had some kind of engine trouble before it struck the side of the two-story house, but he had no other details.

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