Michigan Man Among 3 Killed in NY Plane Crash

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(AP) Authorities have identified the three victims in a single-engine plane crash in the Adirondacks as a West Virginia man, his 24-year-old daughter and a 25-year-old Michigan man.

State police say Monday that 63-year-old Fred Kafka of Vienna, West Virginia, was piloting the Mooney M20 when it crashed Saturday morning after attempting to land at the Lake Placid Municipal Airport in the town of North Elba.

Also killed were his daughter, Kathleen Kafka of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Reed Phillips of Midland, Michigan. Both were graduate students at Clarkson University in Potsdam.

Police say Fred Kafka was thwarted from landing by a plane approaching from the opposite direction. On another approach, his plane stalled and crashed.

Investigators say he took off from the Potsdam airport for a sightseeing tour of the Adirondacks.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.