LI man dead in western Mass. plane crash

December 7, 2010 3:52:55 AM PST
Authorities have identified a man who was killed and three others injured when a small plane suffered engine failure and crashed in rural western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts state police said Monday that 62-year-old Robert Lothrop of Stony Brook, N.Y., was killed when the single-engine Cessna U206G went down Sunday after it hit a power line while attempting an emergency landing near Leverett.

State police said William Schelley of Miller Place, N.Y.; Dayna Dicamillo of Stoddard, N.H.; and pilot Matthew Wilding of Stony Brook, N.Y., remain hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

The plane had left Keene, N.H., headed to MacArthur Airport on Long Island, N.Y.

The plane is owned by Airborne Maintenance Inc. of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. The company phone rang busy on Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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