ELLICOTT – Debris of the twin-engine aircraft that crashed near the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport on Sunday have been recovered and will now be examined by investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.
The aircraft, while traveling from North Carolina to Jamestown on Sunday, crashed in a heavily wooded area near the airport after losing contract with air traffic control during inclement weather conditions.
The remains of the plane are now headed to Tennessee for further investigation.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says the plane’s pilot, Alan Fuller, and two passengers, Valerie Holmes and Linda Edwards died on impact.
The three, Quattrone says, all knew each other and lived in Northern Pennsylvania.
As first reported by WNY News Now, several law enforcement agencies and fire departments started searching near the Fluvanna Fire Department’s Station II on the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport grounds around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The wreckage was later discovered by first responders mid-Monday morning.