Long Island plane crash victim identified; Daughter, pilot still critical – NBC New York

A mother and daughter were on board a small plane as its pilot reported smoke in the cockpit before it crashed near Long Island homes, killing the oldest passenger and seriously injuring two others.

The burned and destroyed remains of the Piper PA 28 still lay in a field in North Lindenhurst on Monday, a day after it narrowly missed its home and crashed into its destination.

The NTSB said the pilot of the single-engine plane declared an emergency while returning to Republic Airport in Farmingdale on Sunday afternoon. The airport is located about 20 miles east of New York City.

Suffolk County police said the group took off from the same airport at 2:18 p.m., and the pilot issued a distress call a short time later. Multiple home security cameras captured the fiery crash, with thick black smoke filling the air.

“Two patients were seriously injured, badly burned, as far as I know they were pulled from the plane by a civilian,” said North Lindenhurst Fire Department Chief Kenny Stallone.

As a result of the accident, 63-year-old Roma Gupta died. Her daughter, Riva, 33, was in critical condition at Stony Brook Hospital with third-degree burns. Riva is a physician’s assistant in the Mount Sinai system whose colleagues say she faces a long, painful recovery.

The 23-year-old flight instructor who was piloting the plane was also in critical condition Monday, according to the Danny Weizman Flight School, which owns the plane.

A lawyer for the flight school said the pilot had all his ratings and certifications, and the plane involved in the crash had recently undergone two rigorous inspections, the most recent last week.

“It was a demonstration flight, an introductory flight to see if people are interested, so it doesn’t count as an actual flight lesson, but they got a promotional coupon from Groupon and that’s how they found the flight school,” said attorney Oleh Decajlo.

The cabin transmission indicates that the pilot is concerned about a fire. Why the plane crashed and what might have happened in the air, investigators have not yet determined.

But emergency officials said it was fortunate the plane crashed where it did.

“The fatality is very unfortunate, but it could have been a lot worse,” Stallone said. “I also like to think that he chose a wooded area to avoid houses.”

Federal investigators are expected to return to the crash site for a third time on Tuesday to remove the wreckage for further analysis.

Investigators are investigating a single-engine crash near Republic Airport in Farmindale.

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