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Plane crashes in Saratoga County

EDINBURG -- Emergency crews responded to a plane crash in the town of Edinburg late Sunday afternoon that claimed the life of 55-year-old Timothy Cowper of Middle Grove.

Cowper was a 30 year veteran of the State Police and the military. He was the senior investigator for the division headquarters in Albany, and he was a certified licensed pilot.

Police say Cowper had flown his single-seat, aerobatic Pitts S-1 less than a mile after taking off from the Plateau Sky Ranch airport when the plane crashed and burned in a wooded area.

Saratoga County Sheriff's office received reports of an "ultra light" single engine plane down in the area of Tange Road in Edinburg shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.

An eyewitness told police it looked as though the plane was experiencing some sort of mechanical failure.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.