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June 29, 2011
Two men died Tuesday afternoon when a single-engine Cessna 172 crashed at Dutchess County Airport in the Town of Wappinger, New York.
The fatalities include a 60-year-old Poughkeepsie man and a 23-year-old Brewster man. Both were unconscious when rescue crews arrived at the crash site. The older man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the younger man was taken to Saint Francis Hospital where he later died.
The crash occurred around 12:15 p.m. when the four-seat plane built in 1975 crashed in a field near Route 376. The Associated Press reports that the pilot had been practicing touch-and-go landings and was approaching a runway during the crash.
“At this time it is thought that [the older man] was the pilot of the plane and [the younger man] was a passenger; however that is still under investigation and has yet to be determined for sure,” said Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. John Watterson in a written statement. “The investigation into the cause of the crash is being led by the NTSB and the FAA, with the Sheriff’s Office assisting. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.”
The Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to discover the exact causes of death.
What do you think may have led to this New York 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.
Photo courtesy of Poughkeepsie Journal
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