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Pilot killed in crash recalled at airport

Wills had ties to Fulton County

November 21, 2009
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN -Area people connected with the Fulton County Airport this week remembered a pilot examiner who had worked at the facility and who died in a plane crash last weekend in the Adirondacks.

State police found two bodies Tuesday in the wreckage of a small plane that is believed to have crashed Sunday night on Santanoni Peak in Newcomb, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported.

Troopers in Ray Brook were contacted around 6 p.m. Monday and were told that Daniel R. Wills, 48, of North Bangor, Franklin County, and Ronald E. Rouselle, 66, of Malone, had left the Saratoga County Airport around 4:25 p.m. Sunday in a Piper Cherokee 140 single-engine plane and had not arrived at their planned destination, the Malone-Dufort Airport.

Wills was a pilot examiner designated by the Federal Aviation Administration who had worked at the Fulton County Airport on Route 67, according to Bill Milton.

"I was acquainted with him," said Milton, owner of The 195 Factory - the county's fixed-based operator for the airport. "He was a great guy and a very strong supporter of general aviation."

He said Wills did "check ride" examinations of pilots who were trying to get their licenses. He said a large percentage of Fulton County Airport pilots knew him.

David Ullman, owner of Ullman Flight School at the Fulton County Airport, counted Wills as a friend and a colleague.

"He was very well regarded, an awesome human being," he said.

Ullman said Wills was a great instructor and a very good pilot, adding that "nobody will ever know" what really happened in the plane crash.

Michael Anich can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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