A small plane crashed near the Westchester County Airport Thursday night, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, killing both people on board.
The single-engine plane, an A36 Beechcraft Bonanza, took off from New York’s JFK Airport just before 5 p.m. and was en route to Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio, the FAA said. The pilot reported low oil pressure at 5:25 p.m. and then reported engine trouble while the plane was about a mile from the Westchester County Airport.
Just minutes later, White Plains Airport lost contact with the plane.
There were two people — a pilot and a passenger — on board the plane when it went down, sources told NBC New York. After searching the heavily wooded area for hours, county officials confirmed the plane had been found, along with the two people inside.
The pilot and passenger were killed in the crash, county officials said. The focus of the search was near the north end of Rye Lake, on Cooley Hill Road in Armonk. It is not yet clear whether the plane crashed into the lake or somewhere nearby, and the identities of the victims have not yet been released.
The plane’s tail number is from the T&G Flying Club in Ohio.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates.
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