Buffalo man dies in plane crash in Catskills

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A Buffalo man was killed in a plane crash in the Catskill region of New York, according to a spokesperson with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police. 

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Friday in Delaware County, the spokesperson said. 

First responders arrived near Readburn Road in the town of Tompkins to investigate the crash. The plane, a 1975 twin-engine Cessna, had crashed in a “heavily wooded” area and fell off off a 600 foot cliff, according to the DEP Police. 

The steep drop-off caused DEP Police to use tactical rope teams to reach the aircraft.  

The plane had one occupant, 65-year-old Daniel Drew from Buffalo. He was found dead at the scene. His family has been notified. 

Drew was flying from Niagara Falls to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. 

The DEP Police spokesperson said the investigation into the crash is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Bureau & Federal Aviation Administration.

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