DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board reveals new details about last month’s deadly plane crash into a Union Vale home.
According to the report, surveillance video at the Sky Acres airport shows several unsuccessful attempts to start the left engine for about 30 seconds, after it had stopped to refuel.
A passenger in the co-pilot’s seat told the NTSB that both engines lost partial power shortly after liftoff. They did not stop completely, but sounded as if they were “not getting full RPM.”
This continued until the plane made impact with the house. The pilot, identified by State Police as 61-year-old Francisco Knipping-Diaz of Woodemere, New York, along with one person in the home, were killed as a result of the crash.
State Police have identified the deceased occupant of the house as 61-year-old Gerard Bocker.
The plane’s two passengers have been identified as 50-year-old Eduardo Tio of Woodemere, New York and 52-year-old Teoflio Antonio Diaz Pratt of the Dominican Republic, both of whom have non-life-threatening injuries. 21-year-old Hannah Bocker and 30-year-old Sarah Bocker were also in the home at the time. Hannah was critically injured, and Sarah sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
A Cessna 303 aircraft crashed into a house at 235 South Smith Road around 4:30 Saturday afternoon. The plane left Republic Airport in Farmingdale and was heading to LaGrangeville. Three people were aboard the plane.
News10’s Giuliana Bruno spoke with neighbors who said they know the family in the house that was crashed into. “Very nice”, “family of four, mother, father and two daughters.”
“One neighbor’s husband helped one of the daughter’s escape from the house after the plane crashed into it.”