NTSB: Pilot's heart attack led to plane crash that killed 4

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Posted: Aug 17, 2016 8:40 AM

LAKE CLEAR, N.Y. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a fiery plane crash that killed four people last year in the Adirondack Mountains occurred after the pilot became incapacitated by heart problems.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports (http://on.rocne.ws/2bcGrkC ) the NTSB concluded that the probable cause of the crash was the pilot's loss of airplane control following a heart attack.

An autopsy uncovered evidence of significant heart disease in the pilot, 67-year-old Raymond Shortino. The NTSB report says he suffered from a 70 percent to 80 percent blockage in both coronary arteries.

The Rochester man's small single-engine plane went down minutes after taking off from Adirondack Regional Airport last August. The crash killed Shortino, his 66-year-old wife Sharon and Harvey and Sharon Stoler, both 68, of Penfield, outside Rochester.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com