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Third day of searching underway for passenger's remains

By ANDREW DONOVAN

EPHRATAH, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rescue crews are in their third day of searching for the last person presumably killed in the plane crash in Fulton County.

Fulton County Sheriff's Officials confirm to NEWSChannel 2 that the male passenger, from Utica, is still missing. He was being treated for cancer in Boston.

His wife's remains were found Friday evening following the crash, as were the remains of the pilot, from Connecticut. Officials say the bodies were found in a field, not far from the reservoir in which the plane's wreckage landed.

All day Saturday, crews were searching the debris field. The fuselage was submerged in nearly 30 feet of water and was finally pulled from the reservoir late Saturday.

When the sunlight went down both Friday and Saturday, crews had to stop searching.

The crash happened at around 6:00 p.m. Friday. The reservoir is owned by Brookfield Power, an energy company. The scene is on Route 29, just across from Royal Mountain Campsites.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey says a total of three people were on board. The plane was a Piper PA 34.

The plane originated from Bedford, Massachusetts near Boston and was headed to Griffiss Park in Rome.

The plane was affiliated with Angel Flight, a nonprofit group that facilitates volunteer pilots to transport sick patients, according to officials. The pilots in the program volunteer their time.

Larry Camerlin, president and founder of Angel Flight Northeast, said he was "tremendously saddened" by the crash.

The victims' names have not been released by authorities.

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