Share this story...
In this image from video provided by News 12 Long Island, a small plane sits in the brush at Frances S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Long Island. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, a Nation F, was carrying three people and practicing takeoffs and landings when it crashed into some trees around Sunday morning. (AP Photo/News 12, Long Island)
Latest News

Officials identify victims in fatal vintage plane crash

In this image from video provided by News 12 Long Island, a small plane sits in the brush at Frances S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Long Island. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, a Nation F, was carrying three people and practicing takeoffs and landings when it crashed into some trees around Sunday morning. (AP Photo/News 12, Long Island)

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — New York state police say a flight instructor and a passenger have been killed in the weekend crash of a vintage plane on Long Island.

Police say the crash Sunday in Westhampton Beach killed flight instructor Arieh Narkunski of Brooklyn and backseat passenger Robert A. Wilkie of Hempstead (HEHM’-stehd), New York.

The plane crashed just beyond a runway and burst into flames Sunday while practicing takeoffs and landings at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach.

Police say the pilot, Richard B. Rosenthal of Huntington Station, New York, was hospitalized. Newsday says his injuries are not life-threatening.

He was struggling to get out of the plane when help arrived — National Guard members who’d been doing a training exercise nearby.

The fire prevented rescuers from reaching the other occupants.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related Links