Small Plane Crashes Into House Near Poughkeepsie, Killing 2

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
August 18, 2019US News
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Small Plane Crashes Into House Near Poughkeepsie, Killing 2
Police close off a smoke filled road as rescue workers respond to a plane that crash into a house in Union Vale, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 2019. (Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News via AP)

UNION VALE, N.Y.—A plane crashed into a New York home Saturday, killing one resident and one person on the aircraft and causing a massive fire, state police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is to determine why the Cessna 303 plunged at about 4:30 p.m. in the rural town of Union Vale, 15 miles southeast of Poughkeepsie.

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A plane of Cessna t303 Crusader model. (Adrian Pingstone/wikimedia.org/public domain)

State police spokesman Steven Nevel said three men were on the plane; one died and two were injured. Of three people in the home, one died, another was seriously hurt and the third is missing.

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Police close off a smoke filled road as rescue workers respond to a plane that crash into a house in Union Vale, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 2019.

Two golden retriever puppies and a grown Newfoundland dog escaped the flames that engulfed the house on Union Vale’s South Smith Street.

The names of the victims were not being released until family members were notified, the state police spokesman said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna left Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, a mile from the crash, and was headed to Republic Airport on East Farmingdale, Long Island.

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Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, where the plane took off before crashes after flying a mile. (Google Map)

State police Capt. Paul DeQuarto said at a news conference that the plane first took off from the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York, then stopped to refuel 40 miles away at the Sky Acres Airport before continuing toward Long Island.

DeQuarto said the Cessna had some kind of engine trouble before it struck the side of the two-story house, but he had no other details.

By Verena Dobnik

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