Body identified as crash victim

EPHRATAH – Authorities Thursday identified a body found in Ephratah as that of plane crash victim Frank Amerosa.

His body was found Wednesday afternoon next to an unused freezer about 150 feet from Granny’s Ice Cream Shanty at the Royal Mountain Campsite on Route 29.

Crews had been searching an area near the campgrounds since the May 24 plane crash, which killed Amerosa, 64, his wife, Evelyn Amerosa, 58, and pilot John Campbell.

They were on an Angel Flight headed for Rome, Oneida County, when the plane crashed.

Authorities previously recovered the bodies of Evelyn Amerosa and Campbell near the crash site less than a mile from the ice cream stand.

Granny’s Ice Cream Shanty owner Joan Dudley said the body apparently hit the freezer and was hidden by a freezer door, which is why no one noticed the body until Wednesday. She said the body was found after someone moved the freezer, which she said was stored near a garage.

The plane, a Piper PA 34, had taken off from Laurence G. Hanscome Field Airport in Bedford, Mass., and was headed to Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

Authorities said the plane appeared to come apart in the air. The crash site was less than a mile from the ice cream shop. Officials found parts of the plane south of the Garoga reservoir. The main wreckage, including the bulk of the fuselage and cabin area, along with the right wing and engine, came to rest in the reservoir.

The Amerosas were returning to their home in Rome after Frank Amerosa’s medical treatment for cancer in the Boston area. Angel Flights transport people dealing with medical issues. The pilot was from Stamford, Conn.

A preliminary federal report says the plane broke up in flight. The cause remains under investigation.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey could not be reached for further comment about Wednesday’s discovery of the body.