ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plane, flying through bad weather this afternoon, was unable to land in Olean so he could attend the funeral of a state trooper.
Weather radar was showing heavy snow falling as the governor’s plan was on approach to Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport shortly after 1 p.m.
The Beechcraft Super King Air, a small turboprop operated by the State Police, made a circuitous path towards the airport when it abandoned the approach and increased altitude to head back to the White Plains airport in Westchester County where it had departed, according to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking system.
The governor was heading to St. Bonaventure University for the funeral of State Police Trooper Ross M. Riley, a veteran member of the State Police who died last week during a training mission at Letchworth State Park. As many as 2,000 police officers from around the state were on hand for the trooper’s funeral.
Cuomo had been due to arrive for the services at 1 p.m., according to his public schedule.
Melissa DeRosa, a Cuomo spokeswoman, confirmed the governor’s flight was unable to land due to poor weather.