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Two killed in plane crash at Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport

By Anthony Reyes,


Officials in Chautauqua County say two people were killed after a Cirrus SR-22 plane crashed Tuesday afternoon after departing the runway at the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff confirmed that the two men who were found were 52-year-old Roger Jay Ryall of Toronto, Canada and David J Hughes, 52, of British Columbia. Ryall was the pilot and Hughes was a passenger.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the plane took off from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada around 10:29 a.m. and flew to Erie, PA where it arrived around 11:19 a.m. It then left Erie around 11:37 a.m. and arrived in Jamestown around 12:06 p.m. The plane departed Jamestown around 1:41 p.m. after fueling up and was headed for Waterloo, Ontario, Canada when it crashed in a wooded grassy area within the airport grounds at 1:52 p.m.

The sheriff's office said emergency crews were at the scene within minutes and worked to extinguish the flames but the Ryall and Hughes were killed. There are no indications that there were any issues with the plane prior to the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now take over the investigation.

The NTSB tells 7 News an investigator will arrive Wednesday morning to begin the on-scene portion of the investigation.

According to the NTSB, a preliminary report that will detail the facts and circumstances of the crash is expected in two to three weeks and the final report which will include the probable cause and any contributing factors is expected in 12 to 24 months.

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