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Plane crash victim was cancer patient, wife worked at Masonic
EPHRATAH, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica couple involved in a small plane crash in Fulton County are a husband who was fighting brain cancer and his wife, on their way back from medical treatment in Boston.
They are identified as Frank and Evelyn Amerosa, 64 and 58 years of age respectively, their daughter told the Associated Press.
Frank Amerosa was a Vietnam war veteran. He had been fighting glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, NEWSChannel 2 has learned from a pilot on board the plane that flew them to Boston initially.
The search for Frank Amerosa's body is still ongoing.
Evelyn Amerosa was a longtime employee of the Masonic Care Community. The organization told NEWSChannel 2: "Robert Raffle, Executive Director of the Masonic Care Community, our residents and staff are saddened by the tragic death Friday of Evelyn Amerosa and her husband Frank. Evelyn was a long-time employee at MCC, who worked directly with our residents as a community life leader and brought joy to everyone she knew. "
The flight was an Angel Flight, where volunteer pilots fly medical patients getting patient, to and from their homes.
The volunteer pilot killed was John Campbell of Stamford, Connecticut.
The Piper PA 34 flight was headed for Griffiss in Rome.
Officials on the scene say they are investigating nearly a five-mile debris field.
The NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash.