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November 18, 2018

Pilot dies after plane crashes in street on Long Island, sparking fire

May 30, 2018
A photograph posted on Twitter showed thick grey-and-black smoke billowing from the wreck, with firefighters spraying water on the blaze. (Lauren Peller)

A small vintage warplane used for aerial acrobatic displays crashed on Long Island Monday with one person — the pilot — on board, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The pilot died in the crash, NBC4 reported, citing a Huntington town official.




The plane out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale went down on Colonial Springs and North Cote Drive in Melville just before 2 p.m.

The plane was an SNJ-2, according to the FAA. The agency said it would investigate the cause of the accident.

A photograph posted on Twitter showed thick gray and black smoke billowing from the wreck, with firefighters spraying water on the blaze.

The plane’s tail lay in the street. It crashed about five miles northeast of the airport, near the Long Island National Cemetery.

The color striping is similar to the Geico Skytypers, an airshow team that flies out of Republic, according to News 12.

The group maintains a fleet of six World War II-era SNJ-2s and performs at air shows across the country.

The SNJ-2, also known as a Texan T-6, is a two-passenger, single-engine aircraft that was widely used by the U.S. Air Force and Navy to train fighter pilots into the 1950s.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.




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