Three people traveling to a Vermont ski area could have lost their lives Friday when the small plane they were in fell out of the sky and crashed into woodlands in this Berkshire County town.

Somehow, despite the plane being ripped into pieces, the occupants of the plane weren't.

Pilot Kurt Bohlsen, a 22-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl were traveling from Long Island, N.Y., to go skiing near Rutland, Vt., on Friday. Just before 7 p.m., Bohlsen activated the plane's distress signal after the plane lost power at about 6,400 feet, according to Gleason.

Bohlsen had been traveling north and tried to turn around to get to Harriman-and-West Airport in North Adams but never made it, Gleason said.

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