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Three killed in Ephratah plane crash

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Three people were killed after a plane crash in Fulton County. Witnesses say they saw the plane come apart in mid air. As Matt Hunter reports, the plane was an Angel Flight, which helps the families of those seeking medical treatment travel to the hospital.

FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Three people are dead after an Angel Flight crashed in Fulton County.

The plane went down Friday evening in the Town of Ephratah on Route 29, near the Royal Mountain Campsites.

Fulton County Sheriff's deputies say two men and a woman left from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts and were flying to Rome, New York. They were travelling on an Angel Flight. Angel Flights are piloted by volunteers to help people travel to get medical treatment. A man and a woman, who officials say are husband and wife, died.

Witnesses say they saw the plane circle in the air, then heard a loud explosion.

"I'm looking up and I can't see nothing. Then all of a sudden, I heard a big bang, then I see pieces flying. They flew all over the place, you know? Then I heard a big crash," said Ephratah resident Roger Berry.

"There's a very wide debris field that covers a great wide amount of area. So obviously, we are going to need some time and it will be an effort put in until we find everybody," said Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey.

Crews say the pilot and what's left of the plane sank into a small pond. They plan recover the body of the pilot on Saturday morning.

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