LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11)—The death toll in Sunday's small plane crash has risen to two -- the pilot and one of the passengers.
The pilot's name has not been released. The other victim has been identified as Jane Unhjem, 60, of Goshen, N.Y.; Her husband, Erik Unhjem, 61, remains in serious condition at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The couple was ejected from the plane and suffered serious burns.
Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the front of the plane landed on Helene Avenue, the tail plunging into a construction trash bin nearby. The accident occurred around noon, just after take off from Brookhaven Calabro Airport, a mile north of the crash site.
Bergen identified the plane as a Socata TB10, also known as a Tobago, and is no longer being manufactured by the Paris-based, aerospace and defense company, Daher. She said the single-engine, propeller aircraft was registered to a man in Orlando, Fla.
Jeff Litwin, who lives a few hundred feet from the crash site, told the Staten Island Advance he was in his basement when he thought he heard thunder, which was then followed by a huge explosion. That's when he left the house to find out what was going on, adding that's when he saw a neighbor, "...trying to put out the fire with a garden hose, but it was too hot and he couldn't get to a person trapped inside," Litwin explained.
Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are due at the crash site Monday.