No evidence of mechanical failure in cargo plane crash

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Federal investigators say there is no evidence of mechanical failure in the crash of a cargo plane earlier this month that went down in a wilderness area about six miles south of the Bennington airport.

The preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board gives no specific cause of the crash that killed the pilot, 47-year-old William Smith of Batavia, New York, on August fourth.

Smith was trying to land at the Bennington airport in bad weather. He had been instructed to divert his plane Albany, New York.

The Civil Air Patrol found Smith’s plane in the heart of the Stamford Meadows Wildlife Management Area six and a half miles from the airport.

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