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NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Walton plane crash

TOMPKINS, N.Y. (WBNG) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report in the investigation into a deadly plane crash earlier this month in Delaware County.

Daniel Drew, the pilot, died in the Nov. 9 crash in Tompkins, near Walton.

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Authorities have not yet announced what caused the Cessna 310 to crash, but a report released by the NTSB notes Drew contacted the Greater Binghamton Airport via radio just before 3 p.m. and said, “I need to get on the ground immediately.”

The report states BGM responded by stating, “The closest airport to you is Sidney Airport, approximately 360° heading from your current position.”

According to the NTSB, there were no further intelligible radio transmissions from the pilot.

Officials say Drew was flying from Niagara Falls to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at the time of the crash.

The NTSB’s preliminary report can be viewed below.

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