Officials identify victims in fatal vintage plane crash

AP News
Posted: Feb 27, 2017 12:58 PM
Officials identify victims in fatal vintage plane crash

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — New York state police say a flight instructor and a passenger have been killed in the weekend crash of a vintage plane on Long Island.

Police say the crash Sunday in Westhampton Beach killed flight instructor Arieh Narkunski of Brooklyn and backseat passenger Robert A. Wilkie of Hempstead (HEHM'-stehd), New York.

The plane crashed just beyond a runway and burst into flames Sunday while practicing takeoffs and landings at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach.

Police say the pilot, Richard B. Rosenthal of Huntington Station, New York, was hospitalized. Newsday says his injuries are not life-threatening.

He was struggling to get out of the plane when help arrived — National Guard members who'd been doing a training exercise nearby.

The fire prevented rescuers from reaching the other occupants.