NYSP Identify Victims in Fatal Plane Crash in North Elba

By Joe Gullo

Published 07/24 2014 01:46PM

Updated 07/24 2014 06:15PM

NORTH ELBA, N.Y. - New York State Police released the names of the victims in last Saturday's fatal plane crash in North Elba.

A press release says an autopsy conducted at the Adirondack Medical Center found Fred Kafka, 63, of Vienna, W.Va., Kathleen Kafka, 24, of Canton, N.Y., and Reed Phillips, 25, of Midland, Mich. all died from severe blunt force trauma from the crash. The manner of death has been ruled accidental.

On Saturday, a single engine plane crashed off River Road at approximately 10:45 a.m. on July 19.

The crash is still under investigation by New York State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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