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Upstate plane crash kills ER doctor from NJ

BARRINGTON — A small plane crash has killed an emergency room doctor from New Jersey who was flying to work at a hospital in the Finger Lakes region.

Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike tells local media that Dr. Michael S. Lippe of Mahwah, N.J., was partially thrown from the plane when it clipped some trees, lost a wing and tumbled into a wooded area in the town of Barrington, about 50 miles south of Rochester.

He said the 56-year-old pilot was alone in the single-engine plane, which left Essex County Caldwell Field Airport just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. It crashed a few minutes before its scheduled arrival at Penn Yan Airport. Authorities say there was freezing rain and sleet in the area.

Lippe was married with four daughters.

Federal aviation safety officials will investigate.