3 found dead after authorities locate plane that went missing in New York


Authorities said a small private plane that went missing on Nov. 1, 2020, was located in the Town of Ellicott. (Photo courtesy of NewsNation affiliate WIVB/George Richert)

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. (NewsNation Now) — Authorities said a private plane that went missing Sunday after losing contact with air traffic controllers in western New York has been located, but the pilot and two passengers did not survive.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office resumed their search for the missing twinengine private plane Monday morning, NewsNation affiliate WIVB reported.

Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone said the plane was near Jamestown, New York, when it lost contact with air control Sunday.

Thirteen volunteer fire departments, five police agencies, airport personnel and emergency responders all took part in the search and rescue effort, which was halted at around 1 a.m. and resumed after daylight.

The plane was located in the Town of Ellicott Monday at around 9:30 a.m. EDT, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office identified the three aboard the plane as Allen Fuller, Valerie Holmes, and Linda Edwards. The victims were all residents of northern Pennsylvania.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Monday that the Grumman American GA-7 was about a mile from the airport when controllers lost contact. It departed from Burlington Alamance Regional Airport in Burlington, North Carolina.

The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate WIVB contributed to this report.

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