The single-engine Socata TBM-700 collapsed around 11:45 a.m on Friday in the woods in Corfu, near Pembroke, N. Y according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane was headed from New Hampshire to Buffalo.
According to the Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron, a man and a woman were on board the unfortunate plane and neither of them could survive through the tragic incident. However, the police refrained from sharing the identity of the victims.
The neighbors describe hearing a deafening, whining noise as the planned crashed into the woods, said Sheron.
The owner of the plane was found to be the personal injury attorney Steve Barnes of Cellino & Barnes fame, sources told WIVB. The source further confirmed that Barnes was a certified pilot.
According to the FAA database, the plane’s registered address is the same as the location of the Cellino and Barnes’ Main Street office.
A law firm was owned by Stephen Barnes and Ross Cellino Jr. for around three decades in Western New York. They had offices in New York and California. Their “Don’t wait, call 8” ads were known for their catchy jingles across the country. They earned $12 million each in the year 2017 alone. Despite the success, there were disagreements between the two regarding the marketing, expansion, compensation, hiring, and much more.
Earlier this year, both separated and established their personal firms with the names of Cellino Law and The Barnes Firm. Their offices were present in Buffalo, Rochester, New York City and the Long Island communities of Melville and Garden City.
After quite a lot of uncertainty about who was flying the plane, one source revealed to the Buffalo News that Barnes was the one in control of the plane while the female passenger was a family member. Moreover, the news that Barnes was the pilot was informed by two more sources to WGRZ, making it a reliable account.
The case is still under investigation by New York State Police, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).