One dead after small plane crashes in Long Island backyard

By Michelle Kapusta,

One person has died after a small plane crashed into the yard of a home in Long Island on Tuesday.

According to PIX 11, the crash occurred around 9 a.m. when a fire and explosion were reported in a residential neighborhood.

Several homes in the area had to be evacuated as residents learned about the crash that happened right in their neighbor’s backyard.

The New York Daily News reported that officials have said that the pilot, who was the only person aboard the Columbia Lancair LC 41, was killed in the accident.

Those who live nearby said that they saw black smoke and the plane engulfed in flames.

The fire did do some damage to the house, but the homeowners that were believed to be home at the time, were not injured.

FAA officials said that the aircraft flew out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale and was en route to MacArthur Airport in Islip

The National Transportation Board said that the cause of the crash is being investigated.



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