LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — A Wood County man died Saturday morning in a plane crash in New York that also claimed the lives of his daughter and a friend.
Investigators said Fred Kafka, 63, of Vienna, was piloting the singe-engine craft that crashed near the Lake Placid Airport after apparently losing power.
Kafka was pronounced dead at the scene along with his daughter, Kathleen Kafka, 24, and Reed Phillips, 25, of Potsdam, NY. They were both students at Clarkson University in Potsdam.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigation.