NTSB Takes Over Westchester Crash Probe

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The National Transportation Safety Board has taken the lead in the investigation of that deadly, small plane crash Saturday afternoon in Westchester County.

Four people died when the Cessna 210 tried to make an emergency landing, shortly after take off from Westchester County Airport in Harrison, that's just outside White Plains. Authorities have identified the victims as pilot Keith Weiner, 63, his wife, Lisa, 51, their 14-year-old daughter, Isabel, and her friend Lucy Walsh, also 14, who was visiting from Ohio.

Weiner took off Saturday and quickly ran into trouble, radioing the tower he needed to make an emergency landing. Air Traffic controllers cleared a runway, but according to a spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration, Weiner came up short, and the plane crashed and burned in the heavily-wooded area behind an office complex at 113 King St., in Armonk, near the New York-Connecticut border.

Rescue crews and firefighters from Harrison, Armonk, Valhalla, Purchase, North Castle, White Plains and Chappaqua arrived to find the fuselage in pieces and on fire.

The family, who lived in Manhattan, was headed to Montauk on eastern, Long Island.

Weiner's father says his son was a "meticulous flyer" and something must have gone very wrong.

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