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Dramatic video captures the moment a small plane crashed near a Long Island landfill over the weekend, injuring the pilot.
The clip, posted to Facebook by Old Bethpage Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, shows the white plane emerging from a corner of the frame before smashing onto the ground, sending plumes of dust into the air.
“Had the plane crashed 50 yards further, it would have hit into that abandoned building, and it most likely would have been a fatality,” Saladino wrote. “We thank God that no one else was injured and that it didn’t come crashing into a home or the road.”
The Cessna C421 aircraft went down on Winding Road, near the Old Bethpage solid waste disposal plant, around 1 p.m., according to Nassau County Police and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The pilot reported engine problems, the FAA said.
An officer was on patrol when he spotted the plane descending, in apparent distress. He located the wreckage, entered the plane and found the pilot pinned in the cockpit, cops said.
The cockpit was about 10 feet off the ground and the plane was leaking fuel, complicating matters, cops said.
The pilot, who was the only passenger, was safely removed and rushed to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
The crash happened about 1.5 miles from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
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