continued The forest rangers were able to reach the crash site by snowmobile via the Jackrabbit Trail and on took to snowshoes for the last half mile.
The three men were located by the Forest Rangers at 1:55 a.m. The men were evacuated by snowmobile to the Whiteface Inn Road Trailhead where they were evaluated by the Lake Placid Rescue Squad. It was determined the men were fine and they declined any further medical treatment or transport.
On Feb. 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement thanking the first responders for their search-and-rescue work.
“I commend the DEC Rangers who conducted this rescue, Lt. Charles Platt, Joe LaPierre, Scott VanLaer, Jim Giglinto, Kevin Burns, David Russell, Pete Evans, and Chris Kostoss, as well as the members of the State Police and local emergency response personnel who helped with this rescue,” Cuomo said.
State Police are providing site security pending investigation by the FAA.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.