ARMONK, N.Y. (CBS 2) — Four people were killed after a plane crashed in Armonk in Westchester County.
Emergency crews raced in and out of the wilderness beyond Runway 16 of Westchester County Airport, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
The responders’ first challenge was finding the crashed Cessna in the wooded area. When they came upon the wreckage, they also found the dead.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that four people were dead.
The crash came soon after takeoff for the Cessna 210’s afternoon flight that originated at Panorama Flight Service. The plane was a single-engine aircraft that seats six.
The flight was supposed to last less than an hour from the Westchester County Airport to Montauk, at the far end of Long Island.
The pilot declared an emergency, returning to the airport to try to land, but was unable to make it.
Emergency crews were joined by crisis counselors with the American Red Cross.
“We also have mental health workers here, to speak to emergency workers on the scene and any family members, that can help to talk and to listen,” Holly McShary, of the Greenwich, Connecticut Red Cross, said.