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Alleged plane crash in Massena area turns out to be false alarm

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MASSENA - Several area law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies responded to an area ranging from the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project to near Cornwall Island at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday for what some people initially believed was a plane crash.

Among the agencies responding were the state police, park police, Massena Village Police, United States Border Patrol, Massena Fire Department and Massena Rescue Squad. Divers from surrounding agencies were also called, but turned around prior to arriving at the scene.

New York State Police Lt. Kevin Boyea confirmed the report was a false alarm. “The only thing we had reports of was a low flying plane with smoke,” he said. “There was never any report of a plane crash.”

St. Lawrence County Deputy Fire Coordinator Frank Burns, Helena, said the initial report was made by children on Cornwall Island with the emergency call originally going to Franklin County 911.

“They called into Franklin County and then it was turned over to us,” Mr. Burns said. “They did the right thing. It ended up being a good drill for us.”

Mr. Burns said the children saw what ended up being a Canadian Armed Forces plane fly at a low level over the the Massena-Cornwall Seaway international bridge and then disappear out of sight.

The plane was reportedly involved in a treetop exercise.

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