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Investigators released names of people killed in Fulton County plane crash

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Investigators released the names of the people killed in the plane crash in Fulton County on Friday. YNN's Karen Tararache filed the following report.

FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- "We heard this awful bang and my wife heard the airplane making a circle and it looked like he was trying to find a field to land in," Owner of the Royal Mountain Campsite, Tom Dudley said.

Friday, an Angel Flight traveling from Bedford, Massachusetts, crashed in Ephratah about 60 miles from its destination in Rome, New York.

Fulton County Sheriff, Thomas Lorey said, "The pilot is John Campbell. He was 70 years old and from Stamford, Connecticut."

On an annual camping trip not too far from the crash site, friends of the Vietnam Vet pilot for over thirty years couldn't believe the news.

"He was an excellent pilot. I've been up with him and he was very, very proficient at what he did," Neal Bruce said. "He has a twin brother that was, about ten years ago, killed in a plane crash where the aircraft lost a wing flying into Rochester over the lake so it’s amazing that this could happen again."

The second victim of the crash, Frank Amerosa, 64, was a former Marine from Utica who also served in Vietnam.

Terry Kindlon, an Angel Flight pilot, met Frank and his wife, Evelyn, who also died in the crash on Friday morning. They met on another Angel Flight from Utica to Boston.

"He told me the medial problem that he had and I said wow, that's interesting because my cousin was diagnosed with the exact same thing two weeks ago," Kindlon said.

Frank was receiving medical treatment for Glioblastoma -- a type of brain cancer.

Kindlon added, "The last thing he said to me was will you make sure your cousin gives me a call, and I said, ‘thank you brother very much’ and off he went."

Divers found the fuselage of the plane in the Garoga reservoir on Friday. It's been moved to a different part of the reservoir to look at it with special sonar equipment.

And Monday, a special recovery team is expected to pull it out of the water completely.

Searchers have recovered the bodies of John Campbell and Evelyn Amerosa. They are still trying to find Frank Amerosa.

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