August 24th, 2012|
August 24, 2012
On Sunday around noon on a quiet street in Shirley, New York, a suburb of Long Island, a single-engine Socata TB 10 Tobago light plane crashed, killing two people, reports the Examiner.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board are investigating the accident.
The plane had just taken off from Brookhaven Calabro Airport when it apparently developed engine problems. As it attempted to make an emergency landing, it crashed, destroying a tree and a car. Then it burst into flames about 100 feet from a home.
The 53-year-old pilot from Orlando, Florida, died at the site of the crash. He was trapped inside the burning wreckage as a homeowner tried to put out the fire with a garden hose.
Both of the passengers were badly burned. A 60-year-old woman of Goshen, New York, who escaped from the crash, later died from her injuries at Stony Brook University Medial Hospital in Suffolk County.
Her 61-year-old husband is in critical condition but is expected to live.
First introduced in 1975, the Socata TB is a French built aircraft. The letters “TB” stand for Tarbes, a city in the south of France where the planes were manufactured by Daher-Socata, an aerospace company producing general aviation aircraft and business planes.