3 dead in small plane crash in suburb north of NYC

By the Associated Press | June 18, 2011 | 6:14 PM EDT

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) — Air travel officials say a small plane crashed about a mile from a suburban airport north of New York City, bursting into flames and killing three people on board.

Officials at Westchester County Airport in Armonk say investigators are trying to determine if a fourth person also died in the crash Saturday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker says the Cessna 210 took off from the airport shortly after 1 p.m., bound for Montauk, N.Y., about 100 miles east. Soon after, the plane's pilot radioed to advise he was returning to the airport in Armonk.

But Baker says the plane plummeted to the ground before reaching the runway and burst into flames.

The cause of the accident is unknown.