NEW YORK (AP) — A small plane carrying three people plummeted into a residential neighborhood on Long Island in a fiery crash Sunday, killing one of those aboard as neighbors tried to douse the flames with fire extinguishers and garden hoses, authorities and witnesses said.
The single-engine, propeller plane went down around noon in Shirley, shortly after taking off from nearby Brookhaven Calabro Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
The front of the plane landed on a street flanked with homes, and its tail plunged into a nearby construction trash bin, said Jeff Litwin, who lives on the street a few hundred feet from the crash on Helene Avenue. He was in his basement when he heard what sounded at first like thunder, but he then heard another explosion, realized it wasn’t the weather and went outside.
A neighbor “was 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 said by phone.
One person died, and two others were taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center with burns, Suffolk County police said.
Their conditions weren’t immediately available. The names of the people in the plane haven’t been released, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether the pilot was among the injured.
No one was hurt on the ground, and the plane didn’t damage any homes, Bergen said. Trees and a car were reported damaged, she said.
The FAA didn’t immediately release the plane’s identification number or owner’s name, saying those would be disclosed once authorities confirmed the condition of those on the ground.
The aircraft is a Socata TB10 and is registered to a man in Orlando, Fla., the FAA said. Known as a Tobago, the model is no longer manufactured.
A representative for Socata, part of the Paris-based aerospace and defense company Daher, declined to comment.
The plane was covered up later Saturday as police and firefighters converged on the crash scene and blocked off the road.
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