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Three killed in fiery plane crash near Lake Placid

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NORTH ELBA, N.Y. -

A single-engine plane flying over northern New York crashed on a farm in the town of North Elba Saturday, killing the three people on board.

"I've often thought that it's a possibility that some plane could come down near here. This is the first time it has. It's shocking, it's almost disbelief," says James Tolkan, who lives down the street where the plane crashed.

The plane went down less than 1 mile from the Lake Placid Airport. New York State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

"It's surprising; everyone's shocked and wants to know what's going on. I'm curious myself. They have a lot of police down there. It'd be nice to hear something," says Samuel Barclay of Lake Placid.

The owner of the farm where the plane crashed says she was doing work around the farm Saturday morning when she heard a plane right overhead and a thud right after. She said the plane burst into flames immediately and there was nothing anyone could do to save the people on board.

"Our fire and rescue people were on the scene almost immediately and were able to extinguish the burning plane, but unfortunately weren't able to do anything for the occupants of the plane," Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said.

Police declined to comment. The identities of the three victims, as well as what caused the plane to crash, are currently unknown.

"Grateful that it didn't land on my house and my animals and my family and my wife and so on. But I've been aware that it could happen with these small planes, this little airport," says Tolkan.

Police say the FAA is taking over the investigation, and will release more details when they become available.

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