Small Plane Crashes Kill 4 In New York State, Alaska

Sunday, June 24th 2007, 9:57 pm
By: News On 6

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A flight instructor and student died Sunday in a small-plane crash near an airport north of Anchorage, officials said.

The single-engine plane, a Cessna 177, departed Sunday from Anchorage, 45 miles south of Wasilla, where it crashed. The plane was not required to file a flight plan, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The National Weather Service reported calm winds and cloudy skies with a visibility of 10 miles.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Gregor said.

In New York state, a small plane went down in a wooded area near Wallkill, killing two people, FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said.

The Vans RV4, which Baker described as ``an experimental home-built type aircraft,'' was destroyed. The cause was not immediately known.

Wallkill is about 60 miles north of New York City.