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LAKE CLEAR, N.Y. (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says a fiery plane crash that killed four people last year in the Adirondack Mountains likely happened because the pilot was affected or incapacitated by a heart problem.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports (http://on.rocne.ws/2bcGrkC ) the NTSB concluded the probable cause of the crash was the pilot's loss of airplane control following an "acute cardiac event." The NTSB says that could have been angina, a heart attack, or arrhythmia.

An autopsy found 67-year-old pilot Raymond Shortino had heart disease, with a 70 percent to 80 percent blockage in both coronary arteries.

The Rochester man's single-engine plane went down after taking off from Adirondack Regional Airport last August. The crash also killed Shortino's 66-year-old wife Sharon, and Harvey and Sharon Stoler, both 68, of Penfield, outside Rochester.

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This story has been corrected to include additional heart problems that the NTSB found could have affected the pilot, not just a heart attack.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com

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