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Pilot killed when small plane crashes near Stillwater Reservoir

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A small plane crashed Thursday afternoon on the north side of Stillwater Reservoir in Herkimer County, killing the pilot, according to Robert A. Mackenzie III, Lewis County emergency medical services coordinator.

The pilot of the plane was identified in broadcast reports as Schiele “Bill” Brewer, 76. His single-engine plane crashed after taking off in Boonville. Police were still working to remove his plane, the report said.

State police did not release details of the crash.

Lewis County Emergency Services Director James M. Martin said the crash site is 6 to 10 miles by boat from Stillwater, nearer to Beaver River Station, a Herkimer County community accessible mainly by boat.

Mr. Mackenzie and Lewis County Undersheriff James M. Monnat were among the emergency responders dispatched to the boat launch at the Stillwater Hotel. The county Search and Rescue squad was placed on standby at the hotel.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation also has boats in the area.

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