CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A small plane crash in Clifton Park has now claimed a second life.
The pilot, 68-year old James Quinn, of Westerlo, was driving the Beechcraft plane when it experienced engine trouble and crashed off Van Vranken Road in a Vischer Ferry neighborhood on Wednesday, August 15th. The 67-year-old passenger, Walter Uccellini, was killed immediately.
Quinn and Uccellini were business associates at the United Group, a real estate development firm headquartered in Troy.
Police say the two men were heading to Plattsburgh for business. They reported having engine problems less than four minutes into their flight.
Officials say Quinn was an experienced pilot and did everything he could to make sure no one else was injured when the plane crashed. He remained in critical condition after the crash.
The United Group released the following statement Wednesday on Quinn's passing:
"It is with great sadness we confirm the passing of Jim Quinn, the vice-chairman of the United Group of Companies. For two weeks Jim fought valiantly to stay with us- an effort that perfectly summarizes his character. He was a long time confidant of Walter, a trusted source of knowledge, and a man unafraid of asking the toughest of questions. Perhaps it is most fitting that Jim will be remembered over the long term as a man that put aside his own safety to ensure that no one was injured two weeks ago during the plane crash. He was an honorable man to the end, a man who will truly be missed. Please keep his entire family in your thoughts during this difficult time."
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