The National Transportation Safety Board and other authorities are investigating a fatal small plane crash that occurred yesterday morning on Long Island, at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. According to Newsday, "The FAA said the pilot of the plane, a vintage propeller aircraft built in 1948 and previously used by the military, was practicing touch-and-go maneuvers when it went down."
A single-engine plane crashed at Gabreski Airport in W Hampton Beach Sunday morning, Two people on board were killed and a third was injured pic.twitter.com/0yyematc1O
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The Navion is a popular single-engine plane that was made after World War II. According to Ron Judy, an aircraft mechanic in Oklahoma who is a past board member of the American Navion Society, 1,200 Navions are still registered in the United States, including only about a half-dozen F models like the one that crashed.
Students typically do not learn to fly on the Navion. More experienced pilots are better able to handle its retractable landing gear and some other features.
It was unclear whether the pilot in Sunday’s crash was a first-time flier. “The Navion is very easy to fly after you learn the systems,” Mr. Judy, who owns two Navion aircraft, said in a phone interview. “But retractable landing gear is not recommended as a first airplane. It’s one more thing to think about.”WCBS 2 reports
that the survivor is "aircraft owner and animal rights activist Richard Rosenthal... His condition isn’t known at this time, but he’s expected to be alright."