A single-engine plane crashed Thursday night near an airport in White Plains, New York, after reporting engine trouble and then losing contact with air traffic control, authorities said.

The pilot of the Beechcraft A36 reported “engine trouble” at about 6:15 p.m. local time when the plane was about one mile from the Westchester County Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was initially reported missing after controllers lost “radar and radio contact” with it, the FAA said.

The plane departed from JFK International Airport in New York and was headed to the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio, the FAA said.

A Westchester County spokesman told CBS News that the plane departed JFK at 4:58 p.m. local time with at least two people on board. The pilot reported low oil pressure to controllers at Westchester Airport, the spokesman added.

The exact location of the accident and the conditions of its passengers remain unclear. Search and rescue operations are underway, said the press secretary of the district.


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