One killed, two critically injured in seaplane crash
A seaplane crashed in Whitestone on Oct. 4, 2020. Photo by Todd Maisel
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BY MARK HALLUM
One woman is dead and two
men are critically injured after
seaplane crashed in Flushing
Bay, fire officials said.
NYPD says the small aircraft,
a single-engine seaplane,
went down at around
3:05 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, and
slammed into a concrete pier
near the address of 158-11 Riverside
Dr. FDNY firefighters
on the scene found all of the occupants
already on the dock.
One woman was apparently
dead at the scene, while a 60-
year-old man, was in cardiac
arrest upon arrival of FDNY
and EMS; he was removed to
in Flushing. One man could be
seen in the back of an ambulance,
A fourth person, a jet skier
who assisted in operations,
was also treated for unspecified
Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro
said at a press conference
that the plane struck the pier
and “broke into pieces” upon
impact. The cause of the crash
was not known.
Letta Jaucits, who’s home is
next to the pier where the plan
crashed, said she ran out of her
home when she heard a loud
“It sounded like something
falling,” Jaucits said as she
looked at debris that had ended
up on deck. Papers and a plastic
bag, along with a bottle of
hydraulic fuel, had fallen next
to her pool.
“I came out and the plane
was just sitting there and then
the firemen came running in
to help them,” Jaucits added.
The National Transportation
Safety Board will investigate
the crash, according to
the Federal Aviation Administration.
With reporting by Todd
Reach reporter Mark Hallum
by e-mail at mhallum@
schnepsmedia.com or by phone
at (718) 260–4564.
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