Two Clarkson Students Among Three Killed in Lake Placid Plane Crash


Two Clarkson University graduate students were among the three who were killed when a plane went down just outside of Lake Placid Saturday.

Twenty-four-year-old Kathleen Kafka Rock Springs, Wyoming and 25-year-old Reed Phillips of Midland, Michigan were killed when the plane burst into flames upon hitting the ground. Clarkson president Tony Collins sent a message to students expressing his sorrow for the two deaths.

Sixty-three-year-old Fred Kafka of Vienna, West Virginia, was also killed. He was the pilot and Kathleen's father. Police revealed his identity to Lake Placid area news outlets.

State police say Kafka was flying a single engine plane. The Associated Press reports that Lake Placid Municipal Airport manager Steve Short said the plane crashed after its first attempt at landing was stopped by a plane approaching from the opposite direction.

Both planes turned away from each other to circle and attempt the landing again. Short says Kafka's plane lost power and crashed on a farm about two-thirds of a mile from the runway.

Investigators say Kafka took off from the Potsdam airport for a sightseeing tour of the Adirondacks.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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