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Bayport Plane Crash Injures Pilot, Passenger

A small single-engine plane that apparently had engine trouble crash-landed on a residential side street in Bayport on Sunday night, injuring the pilot and his passenger, officials said.

This Piper aircraft clipped a utility pole when it crash landed (Photo by Community Ambulance Company)
This Piper aircraft clipped a utility pole when it crash landed (Photo by Community Ambulance Company)

The Piper aircraft clipped a utility pole moments before it crashed at the corner of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue at 7 p.m., after taking off from the Bayport Aerodrome, Suffolk County police said.

The pilot, 34-year-old Scott Clifford, and his 55-year-old passenger, Michael Rome, of upstate Orange County, were airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Clifford is in serious condition with two broken legs and a head injury, while Rome suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the pilot was trying to return to the airport at the time of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing the investigation.

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