Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Men endured crash and frigid conditions before being rescued Friday.
Plane crash survivors, Frank Dombroski, Jeff O'Connor and Mike Oster celebrated their safe return to Westfield Tuesday evening at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro with barely a scratch among them. The trio, who left from Bedminster airport Thursday afternoon intending to spend the weekend skiing, was rescued by forest rangers more than seven hours after their Vans RV-10 experimental aircraft crashed in the wooded terrain of the Adirondack Mountains. Bound for Lake Placid airport, the three were planning to stay at the mountain home of fellow Westfielder Jeff DeSantis, who, once alerted, served as a point of contact between the men and their families, monitoring rescue efforts alongside New York State Police. "All three had cell phones and …
Friday, February 22, 2013
FAA says plane left Bedminster, NJ and was headed for Lake Placid airport.
This story was updated at 1:44 p.m. to include a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office: Three men from the Westfield area are unhurt after their small plane crashed in the Adirondack Mountains, according to a report by NJ.com. Jeff O’Connor, 58, of Garwood, formerly of Westfield, Michael Oster, 54, and Frank Dombroski, 51, both of Westfield, were brought to safety early Friday morning, according to a report by Press Republican. New York State Police said the crash occurred close to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Forest rangers arrived at the crash site at 2 a.m. Friday and were able to evacuate the men, who had spent hours in frigid conditions awaiting rescue. Initially, forest rangers headed to Nye Mountain based on information provided by the …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Firm IDs some of those on board as employees. 5 dead, plus dog. We're continuing to update this story.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Note: We're continuing to provide frequent updates to this story. Check back at this post often. Latest updates: It's possible—but far from confirmed—icy conditions played a role in a Tuesday morning plane crash on Route 287 that killed all five people aboard. But investigators are only in the earliest stage of their work, a National Transportation Safety Board representative said. Speaking at Morris Township's municipal building mid-afternoon, Robert Gretz of the NTSB stressed it could take 6 to 12 months before a full report on the crash, which took place near exit 35, is released, and a lot of investigatory work is ahead. "This is day one of an investigation," he said. There have been reports that about 14 minutes into the flight, the …
Neighbor said pilot seemed to be trying to avoid homes.
Raw Video: Michelle Bellog of Springbrook Road in Morris Township says she saw the plane that crashed into Route 287 heading over her neighborhood, and worried debris would come down on her roof. "It's very sad," she said. "Thankfully it didn't hit any houses. I was terrified. It was so low that the houses shook. She said another neighbor told her it seemed the pilot was aiming for the highway, trying to avoid residences. This video has not yet been fully processed by Patch.