A pilot was killed this morning after his single-engine plane crashed in Westchester.
The plane crashed around 8:10 a.m. this morning, shortly after taking off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, near SUNY Purchase. According to the Journal News, the plane, a Piper Meridian single-engine turbo prop, is registered to Richard Rockefeller of Falmouth, Maine. It has not been confirmed whether or not he was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.
Authorities say the plane was on its way to Portland, ME. Westchester County Airport's operations manager told CBS News that the plane went down after hitting some trees post-takeoff. It crashed near a barn located at 120 Cottage Avenue. “I don’t know if anyone is dead but the plane went down. The plane crashed outside. Right in our barn. I’m on my way there now,” George Ventricelli, who owns stables on the property, told the Post.
Area airports were reporting low visibility and dense fog this morning. Local police, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. We will update when more information becomes available.