1 killed, 1 injured in Long Island as light aircraft crashes onto railroad track
One person has been killed and another injured after a light aircraft crashed onto a railroad track in Hicksville, Long Island, on Sunday morning. A small fire was reported at the scene of the incident.
The plane crashed onto the tracks of South Oyster Road, according to Nassau County police, as cited by NBC New York. The Hawker Beechcraft BE35 light aircraft crashed at 07:48 ET (11:18 GMT).
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The plane had taken off from Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach and was heading towards Morristown in New Jersey, Nassau County Police Department spokesman Gary Shapiro said. However, the pilot had radioed to say that the aircraft was experiencing altitude difficulties before the crash took place.
A woman who works in the area said one of her co-workers heard the plane coming down, ran outside and pulled at least one person out of the plane.
"My co-worker saw the plane upside down and said that plane's going down. He told me to call 911 and then I saw him pulling somebody out of the plane and putting them on the ground," said eyewitness Luz Perez, according to ABC New York.
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She said the person told a co-worker that there was one other person still in the plane.
One passenger died at the scene and the second passenger, a 54-year-old man, was taken to the hospital. The severity of his injuries are unknown, CBS New York reported.
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Firefighters arrived at the scene and managed to out the blaze, while placing the wreckage from the plane onto the train tracks. Rail services have been temporarily suspended.