Shocking photos show a Dutchess County home in flames after a small plane crashed into it Saturday, killing at least two people — as one of the victims was identified on Sunday.
The Cessna 303 carrying three men was heading to Sky Acres field in LaGrangeville to refuel, on its way to Long Island’s Republic Airport, Saturday afternoon when it mysteriously plummeted into a Union Vale home, authorities said.
Raging flames and thick plumes of black smoke poured out of the destroyed residence about 16 miles east of Poughkeepsie. Images also show the aircraft’s torn-off tail angled between the home’s ruined roof and a wooden deck.
Police said three people were inside the home when the plane struck — one died, one was seriously hurt and a third was still missing Sunday. One of the plane’s three passengers also died.
State police hadn’t publicly identified those involved in the crash by Sunday, but local high school Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie said Jerry Bocker, the father of 2013 graduate Will Bocker, was one of the victims. Will’s sister Hannah was in critical condition, the school said.
A post in a Facebook group for retired members of the Communication Workers of America Local 1120 union also identified Jerry Bocker, a former Verizon employee, as the owner of the house.
Catie Corcoran, who said she was a family friend, started a Facebook fundraiser for the Bockers, writing: “My friend Sarah Bocker’s house got hit by a plane today, she lost her father and her little sister is now in the burn unit at the hospital, she lost her family pets as well and we are trying to look for them. They have no home to go to and nothing to wear etc… any donation would help!! Thank you so much”
Neighbors on Sunday were searching for the family’s missing pets, including four cats and a Golden Retriever puppy named Charlie. Another Golden Retriever named Buoy was found on Sunday morning, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
A black Newfoundland named Molly was recovered, but died of her wounds, according to the paper.
“All the family is asking for is for people to come out and look for their pets,” family friend Korrie Petrus said.
The aircraft’s final destination was Long Island’s Republic Airport. It’s still unclear what caused the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they are investigating the crash.
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