Friday, September 30, 2005

Crash kills 2

Express Staff Writer

Two people were killed in a plane crash Wednesday evening about 40 miles southwest of Salmon.

Alfred Wilsey, 60, of San Francisco, was piloting the Cessna P-210 when it crashed shortly after take-off, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Stokes, of the Lemhi County Sheriff's Department.

Wilsey, and the plane's only passenger, 62-year-old Richard Ongaro, of San Rafael, Calif., were killed on impact, Stokes said.

The plane had taken off from the Flying B Ranch's airstrip near the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and crashed at about 5:30 p.m. According to eye-witness accounts, Stokes said the plane went down tail first before cart-wheeling onto its nose and bursting into flames, starting a small grass fire.

The cause of the crash and other details were unavailable Thursday, pending the completion of the investigation.

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