Search for victim of crash ongoing

EPHRATAH – The search for brain cancer patient Frank Amerosa after the May 24 Angel Flight plane crash is ongoing.

Lori Severino, spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, said Friday New York state Forest Rangers were continuing the search around the Garoga Creek Reservoir for the body of Frank Amerosa, who is presumed dead.

The bodies of the other two people in the plane, Amerosa’s wife, Evelyn Amerosa and pilot John Campbell, have been recovered.

Severino said the Garoga Creek Reservoir has not drained yet due to the recent rainstorms.

“The search is still ongoing,” Severino said.

Rescue workers have been scouring woods and the murky pond where the bulk of the aircraft was submerged. Wreckage from the crash was dispersed over a large area, with pieces of the plane and documents found as far as five miles away, authorities said.

The Piper PA 34 departed from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., and was headed to Rome, Oneida County, before it crashed just after 5 p.m. May 24, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.