One Missing After New York Plane Crash
One person is missing after a small plane crashes just off Long Island in New York.
Details about the Plane Crash
Multiple sources are reporting that one person remains missing as of Sunday evening after a small plane carrying four men from New York had to make a forced landing in the Long Island Sound about one mile offshore near Setauket, New York, according to the authorities.
25-year-old Austricio Ramirez, a student pilot from the Bronx in New York City, was flying the Piper PA 28 when the plane somehow developed mechanical issues on Saturday evening, the Suffolk County Police Department reports.
Ramirez then turned the control over to the instructing pilot, 36-year-old Nelson Gomez, of Queens, who then managed to land the aircraft in the Setauket Harbor, which is about 60 miles from midtown Manhattan, at around 11:05 p.m.
Both Ramirez, Gomez, and another passenger, Wady Perez, were able to get out of the plane and were eventually rescued by Suffolk County police officers, according to the department.
A fourth man and passenger of the plane, 23-year-old Gerson Salmon-Negron, exited the plane but remained missing as of Sunday.
The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search, but divers and rescue workers continued to look for the man on Sunday afternoon, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
The three men that were rescued were taken to the hospital and treated but were later released.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the circumstances of the accident, and the National Transportation Safety Board will eventually determine the probable cause of the incident.
Important Information about Plane Crashes
According to an article in Live Science:
- There were a total of 1,297 general aviation accidents in 2013, down from the 1,539 accidents in 2012.
- 2013 also recorded the lowest number of general aviation fatalities in decades with 387 fatalities.
- Every year in the United States there are over 30,000 traffic related fatalities and only 400 or so who die in general aviation accidents.