VSP: 89 year-old MA pilot on the way to see family in Vt. found dead in plane wreck


Vermont State Police say Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor, Mass. crashed his plane and died on Wednesday evening near Whistle Stop Lane in Pittsford, Vermont.

According to police, the call came in around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday from Massachusetts State Police a plane headed to Middlebury, Vermont was overdue.

Earlier in the day, Vermont State Police said the Pittsford Police Department received a report of a small aircraft flying low. Police say the caller indicated they heard a loud noise, but did not see the plane crash or any sign of wreckage.

Chris Cone and his family were just some of the people who spotted a plane over Pittsford Wednesday night.

Cone didn’t hear any loud noise after spotting the plane, and was unsure where it ended up.

“We heard a low flying plane, extremely low, kinda scared us right out of the house. It looked like he was trying to get underneath the fog or the clouds, and then when he realized that he was in the wrong, he couldn’t put it down or he was in the wrong place, it looked like he gunned the throttle and kinda headed out, out of the way,” said Cone.

Police say the plane, a 1966 Cessna Skyhop was found by a landowner when they were walking along their property on Thursday at 11:26 a.m.

Search and rescue from Pittsford, Brandon, Chittenden along with the Vermont National Guard assisted with the search.

Authorities say the plane was heavily damaged, and it is unknown why it crashed.

Police added Baker was headed to Middlebury for Thanksgiving, and had made the trip from Pittsfield, MA to Middlebury approximately 20 times before.

Baker’s son, who was at the crash site, told police Baker had been interested in flying since he was a teen.

Police add after speaking to family, so far there was nothing to indicate Baker was unfit to fly.

The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is sending an investigator to assist in examining the crash wreckage.

Mr. Baker will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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