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FAA and National Transportation Safety Board out investigating Saturday plane crash in Saratoga County
NORTHUMBERLAND - Officials in Saratoga County have confirmed the single engine plane crash in Northumberland on Saturday afternoon claimed the lives of two men.
Officials say the crash occurred after the plane attempted to take off from Heber Airpark. The plane came to rest upside down on the front lawn of a Brownsville Road Home.
Authorities say the Cessna, piloted by Ciprian Ivascu, 33, of Newburgh, struck the top of a tree, causing the plane to crash.
Ivascu and his passenger, Jon Stomski, 61, of Milton were pronounced dead at the scene.
Heber Airpark is listed as privately owned according to FAA information found online.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene Sunday investigating the crash. Delise DelRegno has been close friends with Jon Stomski for over a decade. He was the passenger inside the plane. She describes Stomski as a friend who would do anything for her and died doing what he loved.
"Awesome guy, he's rescued me from so many different things. He's come to my house and would do things for me, he would come and pick me up when my car was broken down, just whenever I needed him he was always there," she says.
"He really enjoyed flying he was always going up in the air with those other airplanes and then letting them loose and flying banners for people and he really just liked being up in the air," she adds.
We've confirmed that the plane was carrying an advertisement banner for a skydiving company. We spoke with the man in charge of it who declined a comment, but was on scene Sunday.
Saratoga County Sheriff's tell us they've never really had any problems with them before.