Errors highlighted in RED. Ed N1FGY heard the beacon just after noon, there were no helicopters untill almost 3:30pm! and there were only three officers with two DF's that started the hunt at 11:45am. Interesting to hear the news broadcasts after being there !,,, Tim KE3HT
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ADAMS, Mass., Oct. 5 – After nearly 12 hours, searchers
located the remains of a twin-engine plane that crashed in fog-shrouded
mountains along the New York border Tuesday morning, killing both people
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THE WRECKAGE, and the bodies of the plane’s pilot and co-pilot, were found
around 3:30 p.m. between 200 and 300 yards from top of Mount Berlin in
Williamstown, said Massachusetts State Police spokesman Lt. Lee Manning.
Police identified the victims as George E. Ryalls Jr., 35, of Niantic,
Conn. and Gordon W. Hedwig III, 27, of Glen Cove, N.Y.
Ryalls was apparently flying the plane at the time of the crash, police said.
“The plane was demolished,” said Manning, who said the pair likely died instantly. “There wasn’t an awful lot left.”
He said investigators were combing the wreckage for clues about
why the plane went down.
The 10-seat Beechcraft King Air 200 left Harriman West Airport in North Adams about 5:45 a.m. bound for Lewisburg, W.Va. A light rain was falling and the skies were overcast at the time.
Air controllers at the Albany, N.Y., airport lost both radar and radio contact with the plane about three miles west of the North Adams Airport, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal
Aviation Authority. Shortly afterwards they heard an emergency signal from the plane, which was climbing at 2,000 to 2,400 feet.
Heavy cloud cover over the mountains kept state police helicopters from joining the search until late morning. But shortly after noon a helicopter detected what appeared to be an emergency beacon on Mount Berlin, a 2,798-foot high ridge that runs along the border.
More than 100 state troopers, local and environmental police officers from Massachusetts, Vermont and New York equipped with portable locating devices headed up the wild mountain in all-terrain vehicles in an attempt to confirm and pinpoint the location of the signal, Manning said.
The area where the search was concentrated is accessible only by logging roads and hiking trails.
The plane, which was owned by Shoreline Aviation of East Haven, Conn., had been at the airport for servicing, police said.
A woman who answered the telephone at Shoreline Aviation Tuesday
said the company had no statement and hung up the phone.
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