“Rangers recognized this issue and relocated to the Jackrabbit Trail just west of Lake Placid near Big Burn Mountain, east of Haystack Mountain.”
The team of rangers was able to maintain direct cell-phone contact with the men as the search continued.
“The second group of forest rangers was redirected to Big Burn Mountain, where they were joined by a another ranger,” Winchell said. “The search team was able to reach the crash site by snowmobile via the Jack Rabbit Trail and bushwhacking on snowshoes the last half mile.”
The crash site was a mile from the Whiteface Inn Road in North Elba.
DEC said eight local forest rangers took part in the search and rescue: Lt. Charles Platt; Joe LaPierre, Scott VanLaer, Jim Giglinto, Kevin Burns, David Russell, Pete Evans and Chris Kostoss.
The rescuers reached the three men just before 2 a.m. Friday, Winchell said, and took them by snowmobile to the Whiteface Inn Road trailhead of the Jackrabbit Trail, reaching that point at about 3:25 a.m.
“Lake Placid Rescue assessed the subjects, and it was determined the men were fine, and they declined any further medical treatment or transport,” Winchell said.
The aircraft involved in the crash has tail number N10FD and is listed in the Federal Aviation Agency registry as owned by Dombroski.
It is a fixed-wing, single-engine plane with a four-cycle engine and was certified by FAA in April 2010.
The Van’s Aircraft website describes it as “a four-person airplane, not just an airplane with four seats. It will carry four FAA standard people, full fuel and 60 pounds of baggage. The cabin accommodates four full-sized adults. Composite gull-wing doors let occupants board from both sides.”
“Homebuilt aircraft are put together by individuals who are qualified to certify it for flight,” FAA spokesman Jim Peters said Friday.