Federal officials have assumed a lead in the investigation into a fatal single-engine plane crash Saturday afternoon, but determining a cause of the crash could take months.
Saratoga County Chief Deputy Richard Castle said the crash scene and all evidence in the case was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board on Sunday evening. He said there is no definitive cause for what prompted the Cessna aircraft to hit the top of a tree on Brownville Road and crash shortly after takeoff from Heber Airpark.
Both the pilot, Ciprian M. Ivascu, 33, of Newburgh, and a passenger, Jon C. Stomski, 61, of Milton, were pronounced dead at the scene. The plane came to rest in the yard of a residence located near the airpark, about 15 feet away from its front porch.
Castle said the airpark has no control tower and the plane had no black box. Also, he said witnesses didn’t report seeing the plane in distress before it went down.
“No witnessed indicated that there was anything out of the ordinary until it struck the tree,” he said.