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Jamestown plane crash wreckage found, victims identified

Authorities said they have found the wreckage of a small plane from North Carolina that crashed in Western New York on Sunday, killing all three people aboard.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office identified the dead as Alan Fuller, Valerie Holmes and Linda Edwards, all from northern Pennsylvania.

Local and federal authorities said the twin-engine Grumman American GA-7 was found near the town of Ellicott, about a mile east of Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport. The plane had taken off from Burlington, NC.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. The Jamestown area was experiencing wind gusts of about 25-30 mph with light snow Sunday night.

A massive Sunday night search involved 13 volunteer fire companies and four police agencies. Darkness and poor weather brought the search to halt before it was resumed early Monday morning.

Sheriff James Quattrone said the pilot did not issue a distress message prior to the crash.

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