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FAA Reports Ridgefield Teen Had License To Carry Passengers

Carey Depuy, a Ridgefield teenager who died in a plane crash Sunday in New York, was licensed to carry passengers, the FAA reported Wednesday.
Carey Depuy, a Ridgefield teenager who died in a plane crash Sunday in New York, was licensed to carry passengers, the FAA reported Wednesday. Photo Credit: File photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Federal Aviation Administration reported Wednesday that the teenage Ridgefield pilot killed Sunday in a crash in New York was licensed to carry passengers.

That information contradicts a previous report in The News-Times that Cathryn "Carey" Depuy was not licensed to travel with passengers. Depuy and Ryan Adams, a classmate at Colgate and also a resident of Ridgefield, died in the crash.

The FAA said Depuy earned a pilot license, but its database had not yet been updated, according to a story posted Wednesday on The News-Times. A relative told the Danbury newspaper that Depuy got her pilot's license in August. She previously had a student license.

A report on WIVB.com said Depuy did not make a distress call, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Tim Monville. He said Depuy had about three hours experience in the Cessna and 130 hours overall. The first sign of trouble was an emergency beacon about 20 minutes after takeoff.

Depuy graduated from Ridgefield High School in June, where she was the captain of the cross country and lacrosse teams. Adams graduated from St. Luke's in New Canaan and a was high achiever in the Boy Scouts and school and had many other outside interests.

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