US: Indian-origin woman killed, daughter hurt in small plane crash
New York, March 7: In a fatal plane crash an Indian-origin woman was killed on Sunday, while her daughter and pilot were injured in North Lindenhurst, Hamlet on Long Island, New York, News 12 New Jersey reported citing Suffolk County police.
Suffolk County police have identified the deceased woman as Roma Gupta, 63-year-old and her daughter Reeva Gupta 33-year-old. According to news report revealed by police, said that the pilot as Fayzul Chowdhury, 23, who is admitted at Stony Brook University Hospital.
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The Police also further said that the plane took off from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. The plane took off at 2:18 pm and there were three persons included two women who boarded the flight.
As per to the Suffolk police, it was a tourist flight and the flight path showed the single-engine Piper Cherokee plane that went over the South Shore beaches. The pilot reported smoke in the cabin, which he radioed to Republic Airport air traffic controllers, reported a news agency in New Jersey.
After the investigation, the police said that the aircraft turned back to the airport for an emergency landing before crashing near Wellwood Avenue and Fifth Street in North Lindenhurst around 3 pm. The owner of the plane said that the flight was purchased off Groupon by the mother and daughter from New Jersey.
Farmingdale State College aviation director Michael Canders says pilots are trained in emergency procedures like smoke in the cockpit or an engine fire. He says an emergency like that requires an immediate landing, but that as a plane is landing, it's going slow and can stall causing a crash.
"So, you are near what is potentially or near the stall speeds, so if you get distracted at that low altitude, it's very important that the pilot not lose that situational awareness, not get too slow and stop flying," Canders said.
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