2 people found dead near missing plane that crashed after departing JFK Airport

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Friday, January 20, 2023
Missing plane located after crashing; 2 people found dead nearby
Westchester County Police located a missing plane that crashed after departing JFK Airport, and the bodies of two people were found nearby. Josh Einiger has the breaking details.

WHITE PLAINS, New York (WABC) -- Police have located a small plane that crashed after going missing in Westchester County Thursday afternoon.

The bodies of the two passengers were located nearby.

Westchester County Police say the aircraft, a single-engine Beechcraft A36, was located late Thursday night in an area surrounded by trees following a local search-and-rescue operation.

The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers after departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport around 5 p.m. It was headed to Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio.

The FAA said the pilot reported engine issues around 5:25 p.m. about one mile from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. Five minutes later, police said the airport lost contact with the plane.

It was believed that at least two people were on board the six-passenger aircraft.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash.

This is breaking news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


* More Northern Suburbs news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.