NEW YORK (AP) — One person was killed and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries in a tourist plane crash on Long Island, New York, Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The crash, about 20 miles east of New York City, was reported after 3 p.m., when air traffic controllers received the plane’s Mayday report of smoke in the cabin, the chief of detectives said. Suffolk County Police Department John Rowan at a press conference.
One of the three people on board died at the scene; the remaining two suffered what Rowan described as major injuries. They were rushed to a hospital in a medical helicopter, she said.
The conditions of the survivors were not available, Rowan said. Babylon City Supervisor Rich Shaffer said he believes the two suffered serious injuries.
The remains were in brush and woods near Long Island Railroad tracks, Shaffer said. NBC New York. The plane missed an adjacent neighborhood, he said.
The plane is a single-engine Piper PA 28, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. He was approaching Republic Airport in nearby Farmingdale when he went down, the agency said.
Rowan said the plane was being used for a tour and was making its final approach to land when it crashed.
The incident was being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The identities of those on board were not immediately available. No injuries were reported on the ground.