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One Dead, 2 Critically Injured When Seaplane Crashes Into Long Island Sound Pier In Queens

On the pier near the Throgs Neck Bridge in Queens.
On the pier near the Throgs Neck Bridge in Queens. Photo Credit: News4 NY

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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