By JOHN D’AGOSTINO AND ERIC TICHY
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Search efforts are set to resume this morning for a plane that lost contact as it was flying into the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport Sunday evening.
Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone said the plane, as of 7 a.m., has not yet been found. First responders are arriving at a command center being established at Fluvanna Fire Department’s Station 2 at the airport near Girts Road.
The aircraft was carrying three people and arriving from North Carolina when it lost contact with local officials at about 5:47 p.m.
It’s not known if any problems were reported before the plane went missing and presumed to have crashed. The plane’s last known location was “just east of the airport,” Quattrone said.
A massive search commenced and comprised of more than a dozen area volunteer fire departments, four police agencies and the county’s search and rescue team. Crews were out past midnight looking for the plane and included a large swath of land east of the airport, including Ross Mills Road.
Quattrone said various family members of those on the plane have been contacted.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.