News Plane Crashes — 04 May 2017

The pilot was the only person on board a small aircraft that crashed in the Colton area Wednesday night.

In a statement Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA31 aircraft is registered in Canada.

7 News reporter Keith Benman talked to a neighbor who first on the scene. The neighbor says the plane appeared to be carrying payroll checks.

The plane took off from Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport in Sainte-Foy, Quebec and was en route to Montreal/Sainte-Hubert Airport in Longueuil, Quebec.

The FAA says it’s investigating the crash, which was reported around 8:45 p.m. in a wooded area near 301 Windmill Road in the town of Colton.

St. Lawrence County Coroner June Wood pronounced one person dead about a half hour later.

“I responded to a small plane crash in the South Colton area and we have one victim that I pronounced dead here at 9:13 p.m,” she said.

Wood said authorities searched nearby woods in case there was a second victim.

The plane was heading north and caught fire after it hit the ground.

State police are leading local authorities in the investigation.

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COLTON — Police, fire, and rescue squads responded to reports of a plane crash near Windmill Road in South Colton shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Initial reports from St. Lawrence County Central Dispatch said there was one victim in the crash and that the wreckage wouldn’t be removed until Federal Aviation Administration investigators examine the scene.

There was no report on the victim’s condition.

The aircraft was described as a small private plane, by central dispatch.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said state police were handling the investigation.

State police did not respond to requests for information.

At least one road was shut down for a time during the initial investigation.

Colton and Parishville volunteer fire and rescue squads were among those who responded.

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