Plane that took off from NC with 3 aboard found crashed in western New York

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — A small plane missing since Sunday evening with three people on board crashed on a hill off Route 60 in the Chautauqua County Town of Ellicott, Buffalo affiliate WKBW reported Monday.

Two passengers and a pilot were inside the small plane when it took off from Burlington, North Carolina headed for Jamestown Airport, according to Sheriff James Quattrone. The victims have been identified as Allen Fuller, Valerie Holmes and Linda Edwards. At least two of the victims are from Pennsylvania, according to WKBW.

Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone said the twin-engine plane was carrying three people and was near Jamestown, New York, when it was last heard from shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

The FAA says the Grumman American GA-7 was about a mile from the airport when controllers lost contact. It departed from Burlington Alamance Regional Airport in Burlington, North Carolina, according to officials.

At least 125 people, including members of at least four police agencies and 13 volunteer fire companies, had been searching for the plane since Sunday night. It had been scheduled to land in Jamestown.

The Jamestown area was experiencing wind gusts of about 25 to 30 mph with light snow Sunday night.