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June 19, 2011

Family and Friend Killed in Plane Crash North of New York City

Four people were killed early Saturday afternoon when a small plane crashed near a local airport in New York state, federal officials said.

Cessna 210 N210KW at Westchester County Airport in 2010

Cessna 210 (N210KW) at Westchester County Airport in 2010. (Photo by Guido Warnecke via FlightAware)

The Cessna 210 (N210KW) was carrying pilot Keith Weiner, his wife Lisa and their 14-year-old daughter Isabel, as well as Isabel’s friend, 14-year-old Lucy Walsh when it took off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains at around 1:04 pm local time. It was supposed to fly to Montauk Airport in Suffolk County but the pilot stated within a minute or so that he had to return.

“The pilot advised he had to return to White Plains and was trying to return, and went down short of Runway 16, but off the airport field,” said Holly Baker, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. She said the pilot gave no reason for the sudden emergency landing.

Rescue crews found no survivors at the scene of the accident, which is in a wooded area behind the MBIA Insurance office park in Armonk, a small hamlet in the town of North Castle.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the accident.

With NYCAviation reporting

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  • Sad story!
    Granted, not too many places to put down around the airport, but trying to get back was probably a bad decision.