Plane Crash Takes Lives of NFL Player Russ Francis and Air Force Veteran in Lake Placid

A small plane crashed in Lake Placid, resulting in the tragic deaths of former NFL player Russ Francis and Air Force veteran Richard McSpadden. The crash occurred during a photo shoot when the plane’s engine lost power. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the incident, examining maintenance records and weather conditions to determine the cause. Russ Francis was the president of Lake Placid Airways, while McSpadden served as a senior vice president at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, having previously commanded the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.