Flight simulator at SUNY Farmingdale recreates visibility conditions for downed East Patchogue flight

Col. Michael Canders, a SUNY Farmingdale associate professor of aviation, says dealing with cloudy or foggy conditions can be dangerous depending on the pilot's training. (6/17/14)

FARMINGDALE - Hanan Shoshany, 53, who was killed in a plane crash in East Patchogue Tuesday morning, addressed his lack of visibility over the radio while he was heading into Islip.

Col. Michael Canders, a SUNY Farmingdale associate professor of aviation, says dealing with cloudy or foggy conditions can be dangerous depending on the pilot's training.

Canders says private pilots need additional training to qualify for flying in what's called “instrument conditions” like being inside clouds or in low visibility. News 12 reporter Christina Regnault entered the department’s flight simulator, which recreated the conditions of the downed aircraft.

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“Without that skill, without that proficiency, it would be very easy to get disoriented very quickly," said Canders.

There has been no information released regarding Shoshany’s training as a pilot.

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