Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY)

Small plane crahes at Dutchess airport

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Both passengers walk away from the takeoff crash without injury, according to authoritie­s.

Two Florida residents escaped injury Saturday when the single-engine plane they were flying crashed at Dutchess County Airport, according to a press release issued by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

Keith and Margaret Kilgallen had stopped at the airport, which is located off of New Hackensack Road, on Saturday morning to refuel their Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft on their way to Burlington, Vermont. According to the release, immediatel­y after takeoff, Keith Kilgallen, a pilot for more than 40 years, noticed an unusual vibration and realized the plane was not ascending as it should.

Kilgallen landed the plane in a field on the opposite side of Jackson Road, across from the end of the airport runway The plane that crashed Saturday shows signs of damage.

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In the press release issued after the crash, Kilgallen praised the Dutchess County Airport and the emergency response efforts.

“The response time was immediate and very profession­al,” he stated. “When we were fueling, we had commented that is a real friendly airport and had looked forward to returning again. This wasn’t quite what we had in mind, but we are grateful to everyone who helped us through this.”

The last plane crash at the airport was in 2013, according to the release.

The airport has more than 73,000 takeoffs and landings on annual basis and has an overall economic impact of $45 million annually.

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