LOCKPORT, NY - We've reported that two small airplanes collided Saturday morning not far from the Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport.
On Sunday, the National Transportation Safety Board held a press conference to report on the preliminary steps in its investigation into the crash.
Officials released the names of the two victims who were killed, and the pilot who survived, and discussed the process that will be followed for determining what exactly caused the accident. They may not have a final answer for a year or more. NTSB investigator Brian Rayner, who expects to stay in the Buffalo area at least through Monday, said he will examine more physical evidence and radar technology before providing a report for the board.
The plane crashed a little before 10:30 a.m. in a wooded area just west of Town Line Road in the Town of Lancaster. The deceased are Anthony Mercurio, 78, and James Metz, 14.