Plane Crashes Into Long Island Yard - Kills Pilot

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On Tuesday, a small plane crashed into a Long Island yard, killing the pilot.

The plane crashed into a yard in East Patchogue, a hamlet on Long Island's south shore about 50 miles east of New York City. The crash sent shattered glass flying into one of the houses where a mother and baby were home.

The mother was in another part of the home when she heard the loud noise. She rushed to her child's nursery to find glass strewn about in the child's crib. Luckily, the mother and child were able to escape the situation unharmed.

"The mother heard the explosion. There was shattered glass in the baby's room. Neither was injured. She removed the baby and left the house," Brookhaven Town spokesman Kevin Molloy said.

According to Molloy, the exterior of the house was damaged when the plane caught fire, however it was quickly extinguished. People within a two-mile radius were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution.

While the mother and child suffered no injuries, the pilot was not so lucky. The fire marshals found the pilot's body, who was identified as 53-year-old Hanan Shoshany of New York City, in the plane's wreckage after the fire was extinguished.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot was the only passenger on board the plane, which was a single-engine Lancair LC-41 aircraft. The plane was only making a 10-mile trip between two Long Island airports, the Republic Airport in Farmingdale and the MacArthur Airport in Islip.

The crash is currently being investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

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