Four Dead in Plane Crash on Greenwich-Westchester County Line [Victims Identified]

Plane en route to Montauk, Long Island, fell into woods off King Street in New York. Pilot needed to turn back, FAA says.

A single-engine plane that had just taken off from Westchester County Airport Saturday afternoon crashed into a heavily wooded area in Armonk, NY, with all four persons aboard killed.

A spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Farrel Sklerov, identified the victims as Keith Weiner, 63, Lisa Weiner, 51, Isabel Weiner 14, and Lucy Walsh, 14; all from Manhattan.

The plane crashed within a New York City watershed.

Chief Peter Fusco of the New York City Department of Conservation Police said there was a small fire at the crash site that was extinguished by the Armonk Fire Department.

(N.Y.C. Conservation Police protect the city's watershed areas.)

The plane fell behind an office complex at 113 King St., near American Way North in Greenwich.

Stephen Ferguson, assistant manager of the county airport, said the aircraft, a Cessna 210 Centurion, departed runway 34 at 1:05 p.m. and crashed approximately one mile north of the airport.

Ferguson said the plane was based at Panorama Flight Service and the pilot filed a flight plan giving , Long Island, NY, as his destination.

According to Holly Baker of the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot radioed the airport he had to return there.

FAA records say the plane's registration -- N210KW -- is assigned to Wein Air Aviation Ltd. of Wilmington, Delaware. It says the plane was manufactured in 1980.

Ferguson said the airport is open and operating normally. He said it's anticipated the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the accident.

Fusco said local authorities have not touched  the accident scene, so the bodies are still in the plane.

The crash site is near the New York-Connecticut border, in the area of American Way North in Greenwich.

Emergency responders from Westchester County, Harrison, Armonk, Valhalla, Purchase, North Castle, White Plains, Chappaqua and Greenwich responded to the scene.

Steve June 19, 2011 at 03:31 AM
I DO feel sorry for these people but they were on a PRIVATE plane.....what is really sad is that at least 4 children a day die from starvation in this country and THAT doesn't make the news.
colleen June 19, 2011 at 03:35 AM
One does not negate the other. You comment is like the question "do you take your lunch to school or ride the bus"? The fact that children starve is awful--the fact that this family died--is awful--your comment--awful.
Brian Anthony Del Piano June 19, 2011 at 06:39 AM
I STAND BY my comment. I will tell you WHY. When someone you know on Long Island pilots single engine Cessna's you PANIC when you see an ARTICLE like this that DID NOT have the full story yet. Now, single engine planes can hold 2 to 4 people. I did NOT COMMENT LIGHTLY. Jan, the story YOU READ was NOT THE SAME, or it was UPDATED. The version I actually commented on NEVER STATED "With all four persons killed aboard". My heart does go out to ALL of those who perished. My prayers go out to their loved ones as well.
Renea Henry June 19, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Whenever stories are updated, as in this case, we let our readers know. When an event unfolds sometimes information is not available or information provided to us changes. All of my colleagues work very hard to make sure what we report is accurately reported.
John June 19, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I lost my instrument flight instructor as a result of a crash in the same area in 2005. Condolences to the families.


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