The plane crashed in the backyard of a home on Camille Lane in East Patchogue around 9 a.m., according to WABC New York. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene, and there were no other injuries.
The impact of the crash caused the aircraft to catch fire upon impact. Firefighters responded to the scene and put out the flames. Three people, including a mother and her young child were inside the home when the plane went down and were unhurt. Police evacuated several people in neighboring homes a precaution.
Residents reported hearing the plane sputtering overhead just before they heard a loud crash.
“The mother heard the explosion. There was shattered glass in the baby’s room. Neither was injured. She removed the baby and left the house,” Brookhaven Town spokesman Kevin Molloy told WABC New York.
Although the plane did not strike the house, the subsequent fire caused damage to the structure, WABC New York reported.
The plane was identified as a Columbia Lancair LC 41, which is a single engine propeller. The plane took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale and was scheduled to land at MacArthur Airport in Islip. The plane was headed east but was traveling southwest at the time of the crash, according to Detective Lt. Kevin Beyrer of the Suffolk County police.
The NTSB is leading the investigation into the crash.