EAST PATCHOGUE - NTSB investigators say it is still too early to determine what caused a single-engine plane to crash into a backyard in East Patchogue Tuesday morning.
They say the pilot, 53-year-old Hanan Shoshany, of Jamaica Estates, was in the air for a total of 13 minutes before experiencing complications.
The Columbia 400 aircraft narrowly missed a home on Camille Lane at around 9:05 a.m., but caused an exterior house fire that was extinguished by first responders. Three people inside the home were able to escape safely. Shoshany was killed on impact.
NTSB investigator Allison Diaz says their goal at the crash site today was to gather the perishable evidence, such as the wreckage path and ground scarring. Investigators say they will also be looking into Shoshany’s training, experience and medical history. Their investigation will include the plane’s maintenance history, environmental factors and air-traffic control communications.
Shoshany is heard on his radio saying that he had no visibility moments before his plane went down. The FAA says the plane took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale and was heading to Islip's MacArthur Airport.
The plane wreckage is being held in a hangar at MacArthur for further investigation.
Diaz says a preliminary report on the crash is expected in 10 days.