Plane Crashes In Shirley

On Sunday, August 19, 2012, a devastating  plane crash in Shirley killed two people and seriously injured one person. Brian Rayner, of the NTSB, says a large team of experts from the FAA are documenting the wreckage and preserving evidence that will be brought to labs in Washington.  The plane wreckage was removed from the scene of the accident and brought to Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley.
Investigators are also being assisted by the air frame manufacturer who will remove the engine from the plane for examination. The frame of the plane was significantly damaged by the fire.
Officials say they have been speaking to a resident who reported seeing the single-engine plane descending around 11:50 a.m. over his house shortly after takeoff from Brookhaven Calabro Airport. Prior to striking, the plane struck a tree and came to rest upside down on top of a trash Dumpster on Helene Avenue. The resident told officials the sound of the engine was really loud when it was desending.
Rayner says that in approximately one week, a preliminary report will be released to the public. The board will determine a probable of the crash in about a year.
Police identified the deceased as, Jane Unhjem, 60, of Goshen, N.Y. She was pronounced  dead after being seriously burned in the crash. Unhjem’s husband, 61, also of Goshen, N.Y. is listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital.
The plane was registered to 53-year-old David McElroy. McElroy, of Orient, was the pilot of the airplane and killed in the crash.

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