'Good neighbor' pilot dies in Hannibal crash

HANNIBAL — A plane crash that occurred in the town of Hannibal on Sunday evening resulting in the death of one person is under ongoing investigation by state police, officials said in a Monday announcement.

A preliminary investigation by police has revealed that at approximately 8:10 p.m. Jeanette M. Reyner, 74, of 582 66 Rd. in Hannibal, was operating her personally owned single-seat 1997 Ultralight Aircraft near her residence, officials said in a Monday press release.

Police said Reyner had been flying approximately 35 minutes when she began to fly back toward the runway, located behind her residence. Several witnesses reported hearing the engine cut out as the plane was approaching the runway, according to police.

Witnesses said they lost sight of the aircraft but heard it crash behind a tree line, at which point a family member rushed to the scene and called 911, according to police.

Officials said Menter Ambulance and Hannibal Fire Department were initially called to the scene, later joined by the Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies, state police in Fulton and the Oswego Town Fire Department.

Police said Reyner was pronounced deceased at the scene, and an autopsy was schedule for Monday to determine an official cause of death. Officials said the investigation remains ongoing.

Next door neighbor David Dye said he was outside in his yard during the time of the accident and overheard the action from his property.

“I was around and then I’d seen rescuers go down and then I realized what exactly had happened,” Dye said in a Monday interview with The Palladium-Times. 

Dye said Reyner had her pilot’s license for “three to four years” and flying was something she did regularly with her husband. It was unusual for the accident to have occurred, he said. 

“They came over for Thanksgiving dinner once and they were good neighbors,” he said. 

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