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Details on plane crash will have to wait

National Traffic and Safety Board heads investigation

A single-engine plane crashed in a residential area near Van Vranken Road in Clifton Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, killing one and badly injuring another. The National Traffic and Safety Board is conducting an investigation.

A single-engine plane crashed in a residential area near Van Vranken Road in Clifton Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, killing one and badly injuring another. The National Traffic and Safety Board is conducting an investigation. Photo by Tom Heffernan Sr..

— During the course of the investigation things like maintenance history of the aircraft and certification of the pilots will be examined, said Diaz.

“We’ll also be looking at the environment that surrounded the accident. That includes weather and any involvement of air traffic control, radar or voice transcripts,” he said.

Many questions are still unanswered, including who was piloting the plane at the time of the crash. Both men were certified pilots and the plane was equipped with dual controls. The Beechcraft was also not equipped with a cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder.

“We have recovered electronic devices that are handheld in nature that were actually installed and part of the airplane that we hope to … shed some further light on the investigation,” said Diaz.

Cpt. Stephen James of the New York State Police expressed appreciation to the Clifton Park Halfmoon Rescue Squad, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and all of the first responders who first came to the crash site.

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