ARMONK, N.Y.(PIX11)—Four people perished in a fiery plane crash Saturday afternoon that was supposed to be a short summer flight. According to the flight plan, the plane left White Plains bound for Montauk. Shortly after takeoff, the FAA says, the plane reported a problem.
New York City DEP Police Chief Peter Fusco said, "It had just taken off and was circling back to land, [it is] unknown why."
Taped transmissions track the trouble, according to the New York Post. At 1:04pm, the pilot of the private plane radioed into the Westchester County Airport and said, "Yes, we are declaring an emergency." The airport cleared a runway for the plane to return but two minutes later, the pilot was on the radio again. "We can't go to the tower," he said.
At 1:30pm, the FAA says, the private plane went down in a heavily wooded area off King Street in Armonk, behind an office park. It was only a couple of miles from the airport. Fusco says his agency took the lead initially because the plane crashed near the reservoir. Drinking water was not compromised.
Police and fire departments from the surrounding area, including Valhalla, Purchase and Harrison, converged on the crash site to search for survivors. "We've done a search for survivors and so far, had negative results," said Fusco.
The identities of the victims have not been released. The FAA will not say if the people who perished were the only passengers on the flight.