ESPERANCE, N.Y., July 18 (UPI) -- The crash of a private plane in Schoharie County, N.Y., killed three passengers and critically injured a fourth, officials said.
The Piper PA-28 plane flew about 1,000 feet after takeoff from the privately owned Hogan Airport in the town of Esperance Saturday evening when it crashed in a nearby wooded area and burned.
Three passengers aboard the plane were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth was flown to Albany Medical Center with severe burns, Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond said, adding the plane was heading for Connecticut.
A spokeswoman of the Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was destroyed by the fire. The identities of the four people aboard were not given, and there was no information regarding to whom the plane was registered.