WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) ­- The body of the pilot of a private plane that had left Westchester County was found Sunday in the wreckage of the aircraft about a mile south of the Mount Snow Airport, police said.

The wreckage of the Smith Aerostar 601P, a twin-engine propeller airplane, was spotted by the Civil Air Patrol in a heavily wooded area at 9:11 a.m.

The identity of the pilot would be released after family was notified, police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane left White Plains, N.Y., just after noon on Saturday and was due at Mount Snow at around 2 p.m. A search was launched at around 6 p.m.

The pilot was using visual flight rules and had no contact with the ground after leaving White Plains, Peters said.

“We didn’t pick up that there was anything wrong,” Peters said.

Wilmington police led the search for the missing aircraft with the help of state police and other agencies.


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