Witness Says Plane Rolled After Takeoff
A Beechcraft Baron 55 went down Thursday shortly after takeoff
from Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, NY, outside the
Village of Saranac Lake.
The pilot, Scott Thomas of Saranac Lake, crashed in a wooded
area just beyond the runway. It is the first crash on airport
property, according to New York's Channel 10.
The airport manager witnessed the crash just after one yesterday
afternoon and called 911. Another witness to the crash included
state police Trooper Keith Brown, who said he noticed the plane
taking off after arriving at the airport's cafe for a lunch
"It was about 50 feet in the air. It appeared to begin to ascend
at a very steep angle," he told the Press-Republican of
Plattsburgh, adding the plane looked like it was going to stall,
almost like it was going to do a stunt.
"I thought, 'This takeoff looks abnormal,"' Brown said. The
aircraft then started to roll left, the nose plummeted, and the
plane went straight down.
"There was a limited search and rescue to get to the aircraft
and that was conducted in conjunction with airport personnel, local
firefighters, local Saranac Lake volunteer fire department.," said
Christopher Kreig, Adirondack Regional Airport Manager.
FAA and NTSB investigators are at the accident scene, about 45
miles south of the Canadian border in the northern Adirondacks.
BE55 Description: 55 Baron (T-42
Cochise, C-55, E-20)
Date: 04/18/2007 Time: 1714
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: SARANAC LAKE State: NY
AIRCRAFT CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTURE, THE ONE PERSON ON
FATALLY INJURED, ADIRONDACK REGIONAL AIRPORT, SARANAC LAKE,
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: KSLK 181751Z AUTO 10SM BKN020 OVC024 05/01 A2991
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
Departed: SARANAC LAKE,
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: ALBANY, NY
Entry date: 04/19/2007