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Report: Plane’s takeoff flawed

Witnesses give NTSB insight into crash that killed 3

Recovery crews hoist the Piper Cherokee plane from the Mohawk River on June 15.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Recovery crews hoist the Piper Cherokee plane from the Mohawk River on June 15.
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The single-engine plane that carried a Rexford man, his young son and an Amsterdam physician to their deaths last week barely got off the ground and came back down twice as it tried to take off June 14, a witness told federal investigators. With runway at the Mohawk Valley Airport quickly running out, the plane got off the ground for a third time. Another witness, waiting to take up skydivers, watched the takeoff after seeing ...


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