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Small plane crash kills 2 in New York

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • An official estimates the plane went down on Wednesday
  • Its remains were discovered by a hunter on Friday
  • The cause of the crash is under investigation

(CNN) -- Two people were killed when a small plane crashed in southeastern New York, officials said Saturday, a day after a hunter discovered the plane.

The four-seat, single-engine plane likely went down on Wednesday evening, Robert Gretz, senior air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters.

The plane burst into flames during the accident, he said.

Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison Jr. identified the two victims as the pilot, John B. Welch, 64, and his friend, Margaret "Peggy" Noonan, 63. There were no survivors.

The crash site was discovered by a passing hunter on Friday, the sheriff's office said.

The plane went down near the summit of Mount Fray, located around the New York-Massachusetts border.

It was headed for Great Barrington, Massachusetts, said Gretz, adding that the cause of the crash is under investigation.