Small Plane Crashes in Long Island Neighborhood

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A Socata TB10, like the one that crashed. Photo: gynti_46/Flickr

Two flights were forced to return to Newark Airport this weekend, but there was some even scarier plane-related activity out on Long Island. On Sunday a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in Shirley, NY, killing the pilot and injuring the two passengers. The New York Times reports that the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff, damaged a few trees, one car, and a large trash bin, but narrowly missed several homes. A witness says the Socata TB10 was “like a fireball as soon as it hit the ground.” Neighbors were able to save the passengers by putting out the flames with garden hoses, but couldn’t reach the pilot in time.

Small Plane Crashes in Long Island Neighborhood