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Search for third victim in Fulton County plane crash enters 4th day


EPHRATAH, N.Y. -- A search for the body of a brain cancer patient who was on a volunteer medical flight that crashed last week in Fulton County is going into its fourth day on Tuesday.

Frank and Evelyn Amerosa, of Utica, were aboard an Angel Flight on Friday night when the twin-engine aircraft went down in Ephratah, police say.

On Monday, teams of volunteer firefighters and search crews combed through the woods in search of the third victim who remains missing from after a volunteer medical flight went down. Rescue workers have been scouring woods and a big, murky pond where the bulk of the aircraft was submerged. Wreckage from the crash was dispersed over a large area, with pieces of the plane and documents found as far as five miles away.

Police said the victim they were looking for, 64-year-old Frank Amerosa, was believed to dead. The bodies of his wife and the pilot, 70-year-old John Campbell, of Stamford, Conn., had been recovered in previous searches.

"This is the best day we've had since we started searching," said Fire Chief Mark Souza. "The rain really did a job on some of the searchers but they didn't give up."

There were more than 60 men and women looking for any sign of third victim. Their search was focused primarily around the area of the wreckage.

Souza said after state police got a bird's eye view from their helicopter, they extended the perimeter for search teams on the ground. Monday night, parts of the land had been cordoned off to form grids so search crews would keep track of the land they would still need to comb through.

"We moved north of 29 just to rule out that area," Souza explained.

"It's cold, rainy, foggy," said Charles Barry, a resident of Garoga assisting in the search efforts.

Barry and his son were attempting to help police by searching through their own property.

"I just went out on my own because I'm from here and I know the area," said Barry, who has lived in the area all his life. He said the search was tough because of the terrain.

"It's a rugged area," Barry said. "Some of it is very dense. It's hard to walk through and hard to get through."

Parts of the aircraft also landed in the Garoga Dam. Barry said divers with state police have continued to search the waters in the dam.

The NTSB told the NEWS CENTER that they were waiting on a crane, which was expected to arrive on scene Tuesday in order to retrieve the remainding portions of the aircraft.  Search dogs were also expected to help the search effort later this week, according to the fire chief.

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