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Missing Pittsfield Plane Crashed in Vermont


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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pilot of a small plane that left Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday died when the plane crashed on it's way to Middlebury, Vt.

The pilot was identified late Thursday afternoon as Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor. State Police said Baker was an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 13.

Police say they located the crash site on the east side of Route 7 in the town of Pittsford. The plane sustained heavy damage and the pilot was deceased at the scene.

The plane, a white Cessna with maroon trim, was reported missing late Wednesday when the pilot failed to arrive on schedule.

The Federal Aviation Administration put out an alert for the plane. According to scanner reports, North Adams Police checked Harriman & West Airport to see if the plane had landed there.

Vermont State Police had checked reports of a crash around 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Pittsford.

The initial caller indicated a small aircraft was low flying over the area, and as it continued out of sight, the caller indicated they heard a loud noise.

State police, with the Vermont Civil Air Patrol and the Rutland Regional Airport, determined that there had been no evidence of crash at the time.
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