Two US Jews killed in New York private plane crash

The two victims have yet to be officially identified by local police, but local news reports state that they are Jewish men from Cleveland, Ohio.

A policeman stands guard at the entrance to a neighborhood in the town of Harrison where a small plane crashed in Westchester County, New York June 13, 2014 (photo credit: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF)
A policeman stands guard at the entrance to a neighborhood in the town of Harrison where a small plane crashed in Westchester County, New York June 13, 2014
(photo credit: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF)

A small plane crashed Thursday night near the Westchester County Airport in New York, killing both people on board, officials told the New Haven Register.

The two people killed have yet to be officially identified by local police, but local officials say the pilot and passenger were members of the Jewish community in Cleveland, according to New York-based news outlet ABC7.

New York's CBS2 media outlet spoke to the owner of the plane, who runs Daviation, a company in Willoughby, Ohio, who said that the people on board the plane lived in the Cleveland area and were experienced pilots. 

Circumstances of the crash

The single-engine Beechcraft A36 vanished from radar shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City, Elizabeth Isham Cory, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration told the Register

 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza of the International Flight Training Academy, owned by All Nippon Airways, takes off from the Mojave Airport in 2007. (credit: Alan Radecki/Wikimedia Commons) Beechcraft A36 Bonanza of the International Flight Training Academy, owned by All Nippon Airways, takes off from the Mojave Airport in 2007. (credit: Alan Radecki/Wikimedia Commons)

Police told ABC7 that the plane left JFK just before 5:00 p.m. and was headed to Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio.

A call was made around 5:25 p.m. to Westchester County Airport to report low oil pressure, according to ABC7. Five minutes later, the airport reportedly lost contact with the plane.

 ABC7 reports that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash.