LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11)—One man is dead and two others badly hurt after the small plane they were in crashed and burned Sunday on a residential street in Shirley.
Neighbors used fire extinguishers and garden houses to try to put out the flames. But, the pilot was trapped in the burning fuselage; he didn't make it. The others -- who according to a report on 1010 WINS are husband and wife -- were ejected; they were rushed to Stony Brook University Medical Center with severe burns.
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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. The people on board are not from the New York metropolitan area; but the couple is reportedly from the Orange County village of Goshen, N.Y.
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 is 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 are trying to find out what caused the deadly crash.