One dead in Oswego County plane crash

Deadly plane crash just outside of Fulton / photo: Caitlin Nuclo

Fulton police have confirmed one person is dead after a small single engine plane crash Thursday afternoon.

It happened off of County Route 176 in Fulton, near White Avenue, about 2:30 Thursday afternoon. The location is less than a mile from the Oswego County Airport.

Neighbors who live nearby say they heard the plane come down. "It's just a couple blocks from the house, I heard the putt putt putt (of the engine). I knew the plane had crashed," said John Jay who heard the crash happen.

Fulton Police Chief Orlo Green says this is a rare call for officers to respond to, and the elements made it difficult. "We're in a heavily wooded area, it took us a few minutes to locate the craft. A lot of forestation and just the logistics of getting in and out made it difficult," said Chief Green.

Investigators believe the aircraft is classified as experimental. It was tangled in the trees, and crews spent hours working through the wreckage Thursday evening. Police say the pilot has been tentatively identified, but that information has not been released, pending notification of family.

The Federal Aviation Administration and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will now take over the investigation. Police say they will be back on the scene Friday morning to continue the investigation.