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LAKE CLEAR, N.Y. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a fiery plane crash that killed four people last year in the Adirondack Mountains likely happened because the pilot was affected or incapacitated by a heart problem.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports ( ) the NTSB concluded the probable cause of the crash was the pilot’s loss of airplane control following an “acute cardiac event.” The NTSB says that could have been angina, a heart attack, or arrhythmia.

An autopsy found 67-year-old pilot Raymond Shortino had heart disease, with a 70 percent to 80 percent blockage in both coronary arteries.

The Rochester man’s single-engine plane went down after taking off from Adirondack Regional Airport last August. The crash also killed Shortino’s 66-year-old wife Sharon, and Harvey and Sharon Stoler, both 68, of Penfield, outside Rochester.


This story has been corrected to include additional heart problems that the NTSB found could have affected the pilot, not just a heart attack.


Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,