One person was killed and two others critically injured when a small seaplane crashed into a pier Sunday afternoon on the Long Island Sound in Queens, authorities confirmed.
Jet skiers reportedly helped pull three victims from the wreckage after the single-engine Cessna 182 came down on the Beechhurst Yacht Club pier, in the shadow of the Throgs Neck Bridge, around 3 p.m.
"Witnesses said that the plane was traveling rather fast along the water, skipped twice, and [broke apart when it] hit the pier," then "jumped FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro said. "Why this happened, we have no idea right now."
A 61-year-old female passenger died, he said.
Hospitalized were another passenger and the pilot, who reportedly lives two blocks from the crash site, owns a restaurant in Queens and frequently flies in and out of the area.
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