3 Dead in Small Plane Crash in Upstate NY

Three people were killed when their small plane crashed in upstate New York, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed about 6:45 p.m. Saturday in a heavily wooded area and was destroyed by fire.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said the three victims were pronounced dead by county coroner Matthew Coltrain on Saturday night. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

Desmond said a fourth person was transported to a burn unit at Westchester Medical Center. Details on the survivor's condition weren't immediately available.

Desmond said the plane was taking off from a private airport in the town of Esperance when it crashed about 1,000 feet from the facility. He said it's believed it was headed for Connecticut.

Esperance is about 32 miles northwest of Albany.

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