NEW YORK. The prominent Dominican lawyer and pilot with a law firm in Upper Manhattan, Francisco Knipping (Frank), died Saturday afternoon in a brutal plane crash aboard his Cessna 303 plane, when he walked to the Republic of Long Island airport, which was his landing destination, stopped at the supply track of the Sky Acres villa in La Grangeville, near the town of Poughkeepsie from where it crashed shortly after 4:00 p.m., on a house, about six miles away .
On the plane two companions of the lawyer, one of whom also perished.
In the accident that partially converted housing in the suburb area of Union Valley, two men also died and one woman is in critical condition.
Four cats, a dog puppy and a woman disappeared, but one of the animals was found while the missing person was still not located this Sunday, authorities said.
The lawyer, whose last name is of German origin, graduated in 1999 from the Law School of the Taouro community college and studied piscology and education at the New York University College (CUNY) in Queens.
He completed high school at George Washington High School in Upper Manhattan, and had been practicing law in the Dominican New York community for decades, running his Law Office of Knipping Díaz law firm, located on Audubon Avenue and 182nd Street in the same neighborhood.
He had several cases of media importance and was recognized as one of the most litigant criminalists in the city.
Although the closure of this chronicle, the authorities had not disclosed his identity, his wife and his friend Carmen Vega confirmed the tragic news.
Vega, wrote on his Facebook page this Sunday night: “Francisco Knipping I will always remember you brother / fly high, very high / R.I.P”, on a photograph of the lawyer sitting on the control panel of his plane.
The house on which the plane fell, caught on fire, causing fear among residents of the quiet rural area, and the tail was hanging at an angle to the roof of the wooden-covered residence.
Police said three people were inside the house when the plane crashed, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. One died, another was seriously injured and a third was still missing on Sunday. One of the three passengers on the plane also died.
In the local high school Our Lady of Lourdes in Our Poughkeepsie it was said that Jerry Bocker, father of the 2013 graduate Will Bocker, was one of the victims. Hannah, Will’s sister, was in critical condition.
Bocker, was a retired Verizon employee, and was the owner of the house on which the plane fell.
Catie Corcoran, who said she was a family friend, started a fundraiser on Facebook for the Bockers, writing: “My friend Sarah Bocker’s house was hit by a plane today, she lost her father, and her little sister She is now in the burn unit in the hospital, she also lost her family pets and we are trying to find them. They have no home to go to and nothing to wear, etc. Any donation would help! Thank you”.
The neighbors were looking for missing family pets on Sunday, including four cats and a Golden Retriever puppy named Charlie.
Another Golden Retriever named Buoy was found Sunday morning, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
Another dog, a black Newfoundland named Molly was recovered, but died of his injuries, according to the newspaper.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSA) said it is investigating the accident, to determine the origin of the fall.