Investigators were in Edinburg most of Monday morning, removing parts of the airplane and pieces of evidence left behind from the deadly crash that took the life of Timothy Cowper, 55, a 30 year veteran with the New York State Police. Maria Valvanis has more.
EDINBURG, N.Y. -- Less than 24 hours after the deadly crash, State Police and other investigators finished packing up boxes of evidence into their trucks and wheeling away what was left of the one engine plane.
"They go over every day. We've gotten used to them," said Judy Sinnott.
Judy Sinnott lives around the corner from where the plane came down on Tange Road Sunday afternoon and heard it flying above her home moments before it crashed.
"It wasn't making any weird noises or sputtering. It sounded normal," said Sinnott.
But what happened next was anything but normal. The plane came down and landed in a wooded area, bursting into flames and killing Timothy Cowper, 55, a 30 year veteran of the New York State Police. Superintendent Joseph D'Amico released a statement Monday on behalf of his department saying their thoughts and prayers go out to Senior Investigator Cowper's loved ones during this difficult time. Cowper came from a family of law enforcement.
"The airport is available for public use and free for anyone to use," said Bruce Brownell.
Bruce Brownell owns the Plateau Sky Ranch Airport Cowper had left from, which he said attracts between 1,500 and 1,700 pilots a year, especially when the leaves start changing colors.
"You can bet on a bright sunny day, there's some activity at the airport," said Brownell.
"They usually go around in circles and sometimes they go down on the lake and look at the fall colors and everything," said Sinnott.
The FAA, along with State Police, will continue to investigate the crash, but it could take weeks before we get any real answers as to what went wrong.