Small plane crashes near MacArthur Airport

A small plane crashed Saturday into a commercial building near Long Island MacArthur Airport while its pilot was practicing landings, authorities say.

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MacArthur Airport officials say the Beechcraft Musketeer encountered an engine problem soon after taking off and when attempting to return to the airport, struck Tri-Par Manufacturing at 1620 Ocean Ave. just after 3 p.m.

Sources close to the investigation identified those aboard as pilot David Rowe and flight instructor David Jensen.

Fire officials say Jensen, who was riding in the right seat of the plane, suffered third-degree burns, while Rowe sustained minor burns. Both were taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center's burn unit.

A third person, who authorities described as a Good Samaritan who assisted the crash victims, was taken by ambulance to Brookhaven Hospital because of breathing problems.

MacArthur Airport Commissioner Teresa Rizzuto says service at the airport was not interrupted. The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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