NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) — A small plane crashed Saturday while attempting to land at an airport near Lake Placid, killing all three people on board.
State police said the plane, a single-engine Mooney M20 registered to West Virginia, burst into flames on impact around 10:40 a.m. Saturday.
Lake Placid Municipal Airport manager Steve Short said preliminary information showed the plane crashed after its first attempt at landing was thwarted by a plane approaching from the opposite direction.
Per protocol, both planes turned away from each other to circle and attempt the landing again, Short said.
He said the pilot of the Mooney deployed the plane's flaps but never retracted them before making the second approach, inhibiting its ability to fully circle and attempt another landing.
The plane lost power and crashed on a farm about two-thirds of a mile from the runway, he said.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to the site. A coroner was also on scene. The identities of the victims were not released.
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