March 19, 2010

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One dead in LaGrange plane crash

Remains of the Beechcraft B-95 Travel Air.  Beech made the planes
between 1958 and 1968.

  Hanlon discusses the crash

LAGRANGE – One person was killed when a twin-engine Beech B-95 airplane crashed in LaGrange around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff TJ Hanlon said the victim was the sole occupant in the aircraft.

“We were dispatched when 911 called us and we were dispatched to an aircraft emergency. The plane had crashed onto Skidmore road and it was on fire. Fire suppression was done by the fire department,” he said.

An FAA spokeswoman said the plane was registered to Antonio Espinal of Yonkers. It is unknown who was in the aircraft when it went down near Sky Acres Airport.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner, State Police, and by LaGrange, Pleasant Valley, and Union Vale fire departments.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were advised, and will be involved in the investigation.

Town Supervisor Jon Wagner said as tragic as the crash was, it could have been worse had the plane landed another 50 feet away on Route 82, a major area road. It was also in the vicinity of a number of houses, which it also missed.


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