Family traveling from baseball tournament die in tragic crash

A family traveling from Cooperstown, New York for a baseball tournament have died in a catastrophic crash. Please send your prayers to their devastated family and friends. Check comments.

Five members of a family from Georgia lost their lives in a plane accident as they were returning from a baseball tournament in Cooperstown, the location of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

On Monday, the New York State Police announced that a single-engine Piper Malibu Mirage departed from Oneonta Municipal Airport in central New York on Sunday and subsequently crashed in Masonville, around 90 miles southeast of Syracuse.

The victims have been identified as Roger Beggs, 76, who was confirmed to be the pilot of the plane; Laura VanEpps, 43; Ryan VanEpps, 42; James R. VanEpps, 12; and Harrison VanEpps, 10.

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia released a statement on X, urging everyone to join him, Marty, and the girls in praying for the Beggs and VanEpps families. He offered his heartfelt condolences to those who were close to the victims.

The local authorities were notified of a possible crash at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday. A search operation was initiated in the Lake Cecil Road vicinity, employing helicopters, drones, and ATVs. Following thorough search endeavors, the crash site and the damaged aircraft were successfully identified.

As reported by People, the flight plan included a scheduled refueling stop in West Virginia before continuing on to Atlanta.

Credit: Facebook / Milton Eagles Football

Ansley, the sister of Ryan VanEpps, expressed her sadness and pain following the passing of her family members.

The crash is currently under investigation by the FAA, NTSB, and state police to ascertain its cause.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the family was flying through a region experiencing “storm activity.”

Our condolences and prayers are with the families of the victims. May they find peace.

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