2 Killed In Crash:Plane struck field after taking off from Airport

OBSERVER Photo by Eric Tichy First responders, including Sheriff James Quattrone, stand in high grass near where a single-engine plane went down June 6 at the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport. Two adult men were killed in the crash.

(JAMESTOWN) — Two adult men were killed when the single-engine plane they were in crashed Tuesday afternoon in a field next to the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport in the town of Ellicott. The victims’ identities and where they reside were not released pending notification of their families.

During a press briefing outside the airport terminal, Sheriff James Quattrone said it was apparent the Cirrus SR-22 had experienced “some type of catastrophic failure.”

Emergency crews were alerted to the crash just before 2 p.m. Light smoke could be seen coming from a wooded area — within sight of the airport’s runways.

Over the next 20 minutes, first responders had arrived in the field, accessed from a dirt road off the airport’s parking lot.

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Caution tape can be seen near where a plane went down at the Jamestown airport.

Quattrone said the plane had departed Tuesday morning from Oshawa, Ontario in Canada and flew to Erie, Pa. At 11:37 a.m., the plane traveled from Erie to Jamestown, arriving just after noon.

According to Quattrone, the plane departed the Jamestown airport at 1:41 p.m. for Waterloo in Canada, but crashed 11 minutes after takeoff. He said the plane was based in Oshawa.

“At this time we’re waiting for the (National Transportation Safety Board) and the (Federal Aviation Administration) to come down to complete their investigation,” Quattrone said. “At this time, we don’t have a reason for the crash, but we will continue to investigate.”

In a message posted to Twitter, the NTSB confirmed it was investigating Tuesday’s crash.

James Mortimer, a Jamestown resident, was riding his bicycle on Girts Road near the south county airport when he first heard a plane in the area. A minute later, he heard a plane again.

Firefighters cool down after battling a blaze to the northwest of the Jamestown airport.

“It looked to me like it was above the runway,” Mortimer told The Post-Journal. “It looked like it was climbing, like it had just taken off. Then I saw it start to make, like it was turning to the left.”

“It started this turn,” he continued. “It banked really steeply, like it was in a bank. I said, ‘That’s not right. That’s not good.’ I thought it was going to go down right there, but it straightened out again and it turned to the right and flew to the right. … It wasn’t climbing and it didn’t look like it was dropping too much. But I saw it pop the chute not even two seconds — after it popped the chute it was into the ground.”

As noted by the sheriff, the plane was equipped with a parachute recovery system. He confirmed Mortimer’s account that the parachute had been deployed before the crash.

Flight tracking software showed that the plane circled the airport twice after taking off.

Asked if the pilot reported any problems prior to the crash, Quattrone said, “None that we are aware. We have no indication they called any ‘May Day’ or any issues with their plane.”

Numerous agencies responded to the airport on Tuesday. Among them: the New York State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Ellicott Police Department and state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fire departments on the scene included Fluvanna, which has a substation at the airport, as well as Gerry and Bemus Point.

In November 2020, three Warren County residents were killed when the Grumman American GA-7 plane they were in crashed east of the Jamestown airport. The three were returning home from a trip to North Carolina.


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