Plane bound for Westchester Airport missing – NBC New York

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A small plane crashed near Westchester County Airport on Thursday night, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and a search and rescue operation is now underway to find the aircraft and the two people on board.

The single-engine plane, an A36 Beechcraft Bonanza, took off from New York City’s JFK Airport shortly before 5 pm and was en route to Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio, the FAA said in a statement. The pilot reported having low oil pressure at 5:25 pm and then reported engine trouble when the plane was about a mile from Westchester County Airport.

A few minutes later, White Plains Airport lost contact with the aircraft.

There were two people – the pilot and a passenger – on board the plane when it went down, sources told NBC New York. The FAA said local personnel were conducting search and rescue to find the plane, which is still missing, as well as the three people on board.

The focus of the search was near the northern tip of Rye Lake, on Cooley Hill Road in Armonk. The plane may have crashed near a lake, in a heavily wooded area that was dark and rainy overnight.

Government sources with direct knowledge of the incident said the plane could hold a maximum of six people. The aircraft’s tail number dates back to the T&G Flying Club in Ohio.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB will be responsible for the investigation and will provide any updates.

This is a story in development, please check back for updates.

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