Correction: Ridgefield pilot in fatal N.Y. plane crash had pilot license
EATON, N.Y. — The upstate New York college student who was piloting a small plane that crashed, killing her and a classmate, did in fact have a pilot’s license, according to the FAA, meaning she could have a passenger on board with her.
Colgate University students Cathryn “Carey” Depuy and Ryan Adams, both 18-year-old freshmen from Ridgefield were killed when the rented single-engine Cessna 150 crashed Sunday in Eaton, New York, not far from the school.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Tim Monville said Wednesday that Depuy flew the plane she crashed twice in August with the owner. Also killed was 18-year-old Ryan Adams. Both were from Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Monville says Depuy had about 3 hours experience in the Cessna and 130 hours overall. Monville says there was no distress call and the first sign of trouble was an emergency beacon about 20 minutes after takeoff.
Records show Depuy held a student pilot license issued in October 2013. It’s unclear when she got her full license, and the FAA said its database had not been updated with the new information. A relative said she got the license in August of this year.
Federal Aviation Administration rules permitted her to fly only with an instructor on board until she earned a solo endorsement on her record, but even then wasn’t authorized to carry a passenger. The FAA said Tuesday information on whether she had that endorsement wasn’t immediately available, but later said that she had the endorsement and the pilot license.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that Depuy did not have a full pilot’s license. That information came from the Associated Press, which cited the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA officials told the Hartford Courant that Depuy did have a license, but its system hadn’t reflected that update. The license was issued in August, according to a relative.