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Sheriff: Crashed plane was "Angel Flight"
UPDATE -- 11:30AM
EPHRATAH (AP) -- Rescuers are searching for the pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed in upstate New York, killing two passengers.
A dispatcher for the Fulton County Sheriff's Department says divers went to a large pond Saturday morning where the bulk of the plane was found submerged in Ephratah, west of Albany. Investigators are also combing nearby woods.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane departed from Bedford, Mass., and was headed to Rome, N.Y., when it crashed Friday night.
Angel Flight is a nonprofit group that arranges free air transportation for sick patients from volunteer pilots. Officials haven't yet identified the passengers or pilot.
Ephratah resident Roger Berry tells The Associated Press he was chopping wood when the plane crashed. He says he heard a bang and saw pieces of the plane crash.
Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey tells CBS6 News the small plane that crashed in Garoga early Friday evening was part of an "Angel Flight" program that provided free travel for people with medical needs. He said the bodies of two passengers - a husband and wife according to Lorey - have been recovered and that the effort to recover the pilot's body was expected to begin again Saturday morning. Sheriff Lorey said the plane is at the bottom of a small pond. He says the plane was heading from Rome to a destination in Connecticut and said reports that it departed Massachusetts bound for Rome were "totally false". Garoga is about nine miles west of Johnstown. The plane crashed in some woods off Route 29.