According to Suffolk County police, a mother from New Jersey died in Sunday’s fatal plane crash in North Lindenhurst.
According to Suffolk County police, Roma Gupta, 63, was killed in the collision. Reeva Gupta, her 33-year-old daughter from Pennsylvania, was severely injured in the accident.
The pilot has been identified as Fayzul Chowdhury, 23 years old and from the Bronx. At Stony Brook University Hospital, he is also in critical condition.
“He has a commercial rating, an instrument rating, and flight instructor certification,” says Dekaylo.
At 2:18 p.m., a small plane carrying three people took off from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, according to police.
The single-engine Piper Cherokee plane reportedly flew over South Shore beaches while the pilot was on a tourist flight, as indicated by the flight path. The pilot then reported smoke in the cabin to Republic Airport air traffic controllers via radio.
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Police say the plane made an emergency return to the airport before crashing around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Wellwood Avenue and Fifth Street in North Lindenhurst.
A video captured by a Ring doorbell shows the plane flying low, colliding with trees, and catching fire. It crashed approximately 300 feet south of the Long Island Railroad tracks.
The flight was purchased through Groupon by the New Jersey mother and daughter, according to the plane owner’s attorney.
There were no injuries or property damage on the ground.
The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted and dispatched to the incident site.
Dr. Michael Canders, director of aviation at Farmingdale State College, states that pilots are trained in emergency procedures such as smoke in the cockpit and engine fire. He states that such an emergency necessitates an immediate landing, but that a plane’s slow descent can cause it to stall and crash.
“So, you are near what is potentially or near the stall speeds, so if you lose situational awareness at that low altitude, it is crucial that the pilot not become too slow and stop flying,” says Canders.
Dekaylo informs News 12 that the aircraft has undergone numerous inspections, including a recent one.
“There was a 100-hour inspection at the end of January and a 50-hour inspection about a week ago,” says Dekaylo.
The National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
Monday, according to the attorney, the flight school turned over all books and records to the FAA and NTSB.