By LISA EVERS, Fox 5 News Reporter
Authorities say two people are dead and one is in critical condition after a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood on Long Island Sunday morning.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials confirmed there were three people on board the blue Socata TB10 and the crash took place one mile north of the Brookhaven Airport near a residential area. The impact from the crash caused a fire.
Witnesses from the neighborhood where the crash took place say 61-year-old Erik Unhjem and his wife Jane Unhjem, 60, of Goshen, New York were on board and were taken by EMS to Stony Brook University Medical Center.
The unidentified man died at the scene of the crash while Jane Unhjem died Sunday night at the hospital. Erik Unhjem is fighting for his life is listed in critical condition.
Officials have not determined the pilot of plane.
According to one witness who heard the plane fly overhead, he could tell it was in trouble. The plane came down and the witness was afraid it was going to go into his house.
Residents were shaken by the sound and by what had happened.
There was a loss of life, but the families living here are grateful that no one on the ground was hit, especially the children who usually play in this street.
There’s not much left of the small private plane that was registered to a man from Orlando. The plane crashed moments after leaving Brookhaven Airport around noon Sunday.
The plane hit a dumpster a homeowner had rented for construction debris flew into the trees and then it landed upside down in flames right on Helen Avenue in North Shirley, barely 100 feet from a house.
Sources tell Fox 5 News the two people hospitalized were not from Long Island. Fox 5 News was informed that the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) will be arriving Monday to determine the cause of the crash.