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