A tragic plane crash occurred in upstate New York over the weekend that left three people dead and a fourth person injured.
According to Daily Mail, a single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed at around 6.45pm Saturday in a heavily-wooded area of Esperance, New York. The aircraft had just taken off from a private airport in the town when it crashed 1,000 feet away from the city. It was then destroyed by a fire.
Esperance Fire Chief Matthew Deffer told News10 that the plane was bound for Connecticut, and that those onboard had just flown to New York to attend a party held by the Hogan Airport owners.
“They did fly in on that plane and joined the family for a gathering and then they were just taking off to go home,” Deffer said. He added that the sole survivor was the pilot, who is in his 40s or 50s.
“It sounded like the engines lost power and that the plane started to decrease in the air. And it went down into the trees and that’s when we received the call,” Deffer continued.
Autopsies for the victims are set to take place on Monday.