David Hughes Obituary, Death – Tuesday afternoon, not long after their Cirrus SR-22T took off from the Jamestown Airport, two men perished in a small plane collision, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone. The two victims have been identified by the authorities as 52-year-old David J. Hughes of British Columbia and 52-year-old Roger Jay Ryall of Toronto, Canada. According to the authorities, Hughes was a passenger and Ryall was the pilot.
They had refueled at the airstrip in Jamestown before departing at 1:41 pm for Waterloo, Ontario. According to Quattrone, the accident occurred at 1:52 PM. The airport’s grounds include a wooded area where the jet came down. The plane’s 92-gallon engine likely had a full tank of fuel when it was destroyed, according to Quattrone, who claimed that numerous fire and police departments battled a “intense” blaze.
Earlier in the day, the jet had traveled from Oshawa, Ontario, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and then from Erie to Jamestown. At 3:30 p.m., the airport was closed to all aviation travel, but it has now reopened. The small plane had a parachute, according to Quattrone, and it appeared to have been opened prior to the crash. Tuesday saw bright conditions in Western New York. Although some smoke from wildfires in Quebec is affecting the area, the sky were clean during the press conference. Quattrone stated he did not think the smoke was a factor in the collision, but he would defer to the official findings of the upcoming NTSB investigation.