Upstate Plane Crash Victims Were Local Men

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 7:35 AM EDT
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Authorities say the two men killed when their small plane crashed near the Dutchess County Airport were both local men.

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office hasn't released the men's names but deputies say one was from Dutchess County and the other was from neighboring Putnam County.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the single-engine Cessna was practicing touch-and-go landings when it crashed around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in a field in the town of Wappinger, 65 miles north of New York City.

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie where he died.

Autopsies are scheduled Wednesday by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner's Office.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.

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