Two people killed in plane crash in Westchester County
Two people were killed in a plane crash in Westchester County Thursday afternoon. Air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the single-engine aircraft near the Westchester County Airport around 5 p.m.
The plane was traveling to Cuyahoga County Airport in Ohio from JFK Airport in New York City when it went missing after vanishing from radar about two miles from the Westchester airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that the airplane reported having engine issues.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said during a Friday morning press conference that the pilot could not complete the emergency landing and crashed in a wooded area.
“The FBI was brought in to help ping cell phones, which then pinpointed the site and really expedited the confirmation that was wreckage, and did confirm that two individuals had lost their lives,” Latimer said. “The location was honed in by identifying the pings of the cell phones of those people that were on board. And that helped guide the searches, but still a very difficult response.”
Latimer identified those killed as Boruch Taub and Ben Chafetz, both of the Cleveland-area.