EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A single-engine plane flown by a pilot making a practice landing crashed in New York on Sunday, killing a passenger and injuring the pilot and two other passengers.
The plane crashed into four parked cars on a residential street near Republic Airport on Long Island at 9 a.m., Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said.
The pilot of the Marchetti four-seater was practicing landing the plane by making repeated approaches or "touch and goes" when he crashed, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
"There was no indication from the pilot that there was any problem," Peters said. "No mayday or distress message from the plane."
Passenger Ed Cerverizzo, 75, of Garden City, was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
The pilot, Gus Halouvas, 55, of North Bellmore, was hospitalized with spinal injuries.
Passenger William Mancusi, 83, of Brooklyn, was treated for facial lacerations. Passenger Charles Bianculli, 61, of Lindenhurst, was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition.
No one was injured on the ground, Suffolk police said.
Both the police and the FAA were investigating the crash.