Former Super Bowl Champion Dies in New York Plane Crash


Former Super Bowl Champion Dies in New York Plane Crash

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Former NFL Player Russ Francis Dies in New York Plane Crash

Russ Francis, a Super Bowl champion and former NFL player who enjoyed a 14-season career in the league, tragically lost his life in a plane crash in New York. New York State Police confirmed that Russ Francis was one of the two victims involved in a small plane crash that took place at Lake Placid Airport in the town of North Elba on Sunday.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. when a Cessna 177 aircraft crashed into an embankment near the airport. Russ Francis and his passenger, Richard McSpadden, aged 63, were the sole occupants of the plane and were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Russ Francis had a long history as a pilot, spanning nearly half a century. He was currently serving as the president of Lake Placid Airways, a company that operated various charter and scenic flights in northern New York. Richard McSpadden, also an aviation enthusiast, held the position of senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Francis was drafted into the NFL by the New England Patriots in 1975 and went on to win a championship ring with the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 19. Throughout his career, he accumulated nearly 400 receptions, over 5,200 yards, and scored a total of 40 touchdowns.

The National Transportation Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration are conducting an investigation into the crash, according to the police.


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