Mass Firefighters Respond to Fatal Plane Crash

ORANGE, M.A. -- Authorities say a small plane with two people aboard crashed in western Massachusetts, killing one and injuring the other. According to the Federal Aviation Administration website the tail number on the...


ORANGE, M.A. --

Authorities say a small plane with two people aboard crashed in western Massachusetts, killing one and injuring the other.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website the tail number on the plane is registered to Hillsboro, NH resident, Steven T. Fay.

State police said the Cessna twin-engine aircraft was making a descent around 6:15 p.m. Saturday into Orange Municipal Airport when it crashed into a marshy area short of the airport. The crash claimed the life of the passenger, a 34-year-old woman, and caused serious injuries to the pilot.

Their identities haven't been released, however Hillsboro police confirm they were contacted by state police in Massachusetts to notify Fay's family about the crash.

Police said the female victim was found in the overturned wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene by firefighters. The male victim was outside of the plane when first responders arrived on-scene. He was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.

The twin-engine plane is a Cessna 310.

An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive at the crash site on Sunday.

The NTSB investigation will ultimately determine the cause of the crash.

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