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Plane crash: Small single-engine plane crashes, missing in Westchester County after takeoff from JFK airport, FAA says

Plane crash: Small single-engine plane crashes, missing in Westchester County after takeoff from JFK airport, FAA says

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WABC) — A local search and rescue operation is underway after a plane carrying at least two people lost contact with air traffic controllers and crashed in Westchester County on Thursday, according to officials.

The single-engine Beechcraft A36 crashed after the pilot reported engine trouble about a mile from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, according to preliminary FAA information.

Westchester County police said at least two people were aboard the six-passenger plane.

They said the plane took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly before 5:00 p.m. and was headed for the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio.

A call was made around 5:25 pm to the Westchester County Airport to report low oil pressure. Five minutes later, police said the airport had lost contact with the plane.

A local search and rescue team is searching for the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate.

This is breaking news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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