NH pilot pleads not guilty in Mass. plane crash

February 1, 2012 - 8:15 PM
Plane Crash Manslaughter

Steven T. Fay of Hillsborough, N.H., 57, leaves the courtroom in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield, Mass. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 after he was was arraigned on a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death of his daughter in a plane he was piloting on Jan. 1, 2011. Fay was not certified to pilot the twin-engine Cessna he crashed on approach to Orange Municipal Airport in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/The Greenfield Recorder, Paul Franz)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire pilot has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a Massachusetts plane crash that killed his 35-year-old daughter.

Fifty-seven-year-old Steven Fay of Hillsborough wasn't certified to pilot the twin-engine Cessna he crashed on approach to Orange Municipal Airport on New Year's Day 2011.

At his arraignment Wednesday in Greenfield, Mass., Fay said he doesn't have an attorney yet. He's due back in court with a lawyer on Feb. 24.

Fay's license to fly single-engine planes was revoked after the crash.

Fay has declined to comment on his case. He has said he's grief-stricken since the death of his daughter, Jessica Malin.