4 Dead in Small Plane Crash in Adirondack Mountains

LAKE CLEAR, N.Y. (AP) -

No distress call was received from a small plane that crashed in the Adirondack Mountains, leaving four people dead in the fiery wreckage, a federal official said Saturday.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said that the last transmission from the aircraft was the pilot announcing he was taking off from Adirondack Regional Airport at 5:50 p.m. Friday. The single-engine plane went down in a wooded area a few minutes afterward.

On board was Raymond Shortino, 67, and his 66-year-old wife, Sharon Shortino. The other couple on board was Harvey and Sharon Stoler, both 68.

While the impact and fire destroyed the six-seat civilian plane, it appears the aircraft “came down in a fairly vertical position,” rather than gliding, Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill said by phone.

“There’s not a lot left of the aircraft,” and the forest is scorched around it, Mulverhill said.