4 Die in Armonk, NY, Plane Crash

by nph | June 20th, 2011

Cessna Criterion 210 plane crash in New York, June 18, 2011

Cessna Criterion 210 plane crash in New York, June 18, 2011

June 20, 2011

A Manhattan family of three and a friend were killed Saturday afternoon when a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area of Armonk, New York, just minutes after taking off from Westchester County Airport.

The pilot—a 63-year-old art gallery owner—was transporting his 51-year-old wife, their 14-year-old daughter, and her 14-year-old friend to Montauk in a 30-year-old Cessna T-210 Centurion.

Two minutes after take-off, the pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say that he was having an emergency and wanted to return to the airport. He didn’t give further details.

Just after 1 p.m., the plane reportedly burst into flames, hit a patch of trees, crashed and burned about a mile from the airport.

National Transportation Safety Board director Ralph Hicks said that the plane came down at a “steep attitude” and “collided with the ground,” according to Patch.com.

Now the National Transportation Safety Board reports that the plane’s wreckage hasn’t yet yielded any clues as to the cause of the crash.

The pilot sounded calm and composed in cockpit recordings that capture him telling air traffic controllers, “We are going back to White Plains. We need to land. Yes, we are declaring an emergency.” The cockpit recording can be heard here.

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Do you think older planes are more likely to crash? What do you think may have caused this aviation accident?

If you or someone you know has had their safety compromised on a commercial or private aircraft, contact the national aviation lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy.

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