Ronkonkoma - (WALK) Investigators say a Queens man radioed air traffic controllers for help before crashing his single-engine plane in East Patchogue Tuesday morning.
Hanan Shoshany of Jamaica Estates, Queens, took off in the private plane (an LC-41, similar to photo) from Republic airport in East Farmingdale at 8:50 a.m. His destination was Long Island MacArthur Airport, but he veered off course and crashed into the backyard of a home at 51 Camille Lane at about 9:05 a.m., said Suffolk police. Shoshany, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A mother and sleeping baby were in the home on Camille Lane, but no one on the ground was injured, said police.
Authorities say Shoshany called the tower at MacArthur and said, "I need your help sir," and complained of poor visibility. Shohany reportedly told an air traffic controller that he would return to Republic Airport.
Suffolk Homicide detectives, along with agents of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, are investigating the cause of the crash.
Photo: Felix Goetting