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3 killed as plane headed to CT crashes in upstate NY

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ESPERANCE, N.Y.  — Officials said three people were killed when their small plane crashed in upstate New York.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday in a heavily wooded area and was destroyed by fire.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said the three victims were pronounced dead by county coroner Matthew Coltrain on Saturday night. Autopsies were scheduled for Monday.

Desmond said a fourth person in the plane was airlifted to a hospital. Details on the survivor’s condition weren’t immediately available.

Desmond said the plane was taking off from a private airport in the town of Esperance when it crashed about 1,000 feet from the facility. He said it is believed it was headed for Connecticut.

Esperance is about 32 miles northwest of Albany.

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