2 Dead After Small Plane Crashes In Hudson Valley

WAPPINGER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities said a small plane crashed and burned near Dutchess County Airport in the Hudson Valley, killing two people.

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Hughes said the plane went down at around noon Tuesday in a field just south of the county airport in Wappinger, about 65 miles north of New York City.

Arlene Salac of the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the Cessna 172 was practicing touch-and-go landings and was approaching a runway when it crashed.

The plane is registered to Millbrook Flight LLC of nearby Poughquag.

Salac spoke with 1010 WINS Tuesday afternoon and said FAA flight standards inspectors from Teterboro Airport were at the scene investigating.

“The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be the final agency that conducts the investigation to determine the cause of the accident,” she said.

Salac also mentioned that investigators had reports of a fire on the aircraft following the crash.

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One Comment

  1. Robert S says:

    Do you know about Cessna and SAIB CE-10-40R1?

    SAIB Number: CE-10-40R1 Issue Date: 07/30/2010

    This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to inform pilots, owners, operators and maintenance and service personnel of Cessna Aircraft Company Model 100, 200 or 300 series , any model and/or suffix in the series of airplanes as applicable OF THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH WATER CONTAMINATION OF FUEL TANK SYSTEMS.

    Could this SAIB have anything to do with the indicated design flaw of undetectable water in the fuel tanks of Cessna fuel tanks? Have you tested your Cessna fuel tank for positive detection of fuel contamination? I have tested the Cessna 172P, Cessna 172RG, Cessna 150 and Cessna 152. All failed my test for positive detection of fuel contamination during the pre-flight.

    SAIB CE-10-40R1 is all about prevention of water in Cessna fuel tanks but nothing about positive detection of water in the fuel tank once prevention has failed. What if your fuel tanks were sabotaged the night before your preflight the next morning. I would rather positively detect and eliminate any hazardous quantity of water that the saboteur introduced before takeoff. When prevention fails for any reason positive detection and elimination of any hazardous quantity of water any where in the fuel tank as the aircraft sits in its normal ground attitude must prevail. Fact is positive detection and elimination DO NOT WORK!

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