FBI Involvement Termed "Unusual"
Michael Keilty was flying from Waterbury-Oxford (CT) Airport to
Ticonderoga (NY) last month when the Piper Navajo (file photo of
type, below) in which he was a passenger crashed in upstate New
York. Now, the Connecticut Post reports the 40-year old Keilty was
being investigated by the FBI at the time of his death.
"The FBI involvement is very unusual," Ticonderoga Police Chief
Jeff Cooke told the Post. Cooke said he'd spoken with the FBI agent
in charge of the investigation.
Keilty was reportedly going to see his wife in New York when the
plane went down. The pilot, Capitol Aviation operator Milton
Marshall, 76, was also killed in the mishap.
We're waiting to see where the FBI is going with this," Cooke
told the Connecticut paper. He talk about the nature of the FBI
investigation, but did say it centered on Keilty, who already was
being investigated by the agency, according to the Post.
"Right now, we don't have anything
to show that this was anything other than an accident," Cooke said
to the paper. He also said his own investigation continues and
autopsy results for both men on board the Navajo haven't yet been
Marshall's daughter, Kathy Leonzi, told the Post she was
suspicious of Keilty, with whom she'd spoken on the telephone. She
said she had never met him, although he'd apparently flown with her
father at least twice before the July 10th accident. She said she
had a feeling something was terribly wrong when she heard of the
"It was shocking, and I knew something was wrong the moment it
happened because my dad had flown more than 32,000 hours and was
very safety conscious," Leonzi told the Post. "My dad was
meticulous about his flying. He would never crash into trees. It
just didn't make sense."