ARGYLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a helicopter crash that happened on Saturday, August 7, in a wooded area off West Valley Road in the town of Argyle.
New York State Police in Washington County said, 56-year-old Craig E. Seeley and his daughter, 34-year-old Katie M.Seeley, both of Argyle, were on board a civilian helicopter and were killed when it crashed. No one on the ground was injured.
The civilian helicopter was part of a “kit” aircraft, which means that the owner assembled it himself from parts, and had been operating it since 2003.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration database, Seeley was issued a private pilot certificate in October 2000 and listed as the owner of a fixed-wing single-engine Glasair RG plane.
When asked on Monday, August 9, if Seeley had filed a flight plan, NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway says, that is part of the investigation, but there is no confirmation on where the helicopter was coming from or where it was headed. Authorities are reviewing any radio or air traffic communications.
Holloway said it could take one to two years before the final report is released.
Craig Seeley owned property at 319 Miller Road, which is located up a twisting private road near Summit Lake, 6 miles from the crash site and about the same distance from Argyle Airport.
Airport manager Gene Feher said, he believes Seeley used to fly out of the airport, but it has been five or six years since Seeley has been there. Feher said he had not seen Seeley since he has been manager.
Feher says he did not know if the airport was Seeley’s intended destination and he had not filed a flight plan, because it is not required in this case.
“This is a public-use, private airport. Anybody can land here if they want,” he said.
A staging area appears to have been set up at the NV Farms Camping and Glamping property at 905 West Valley Road. A black SUV with a government license plate is parked near the wooded area northeast of the road.