Small plane crashes on Long Island street, 2 hurt

BAYPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a pilot and passenger were injured when a single-engine airplane heading to upstate New York crashed on a street in a residential area on Long Island shortly after taking off from a nearby airport.

Officials say the Piper 28 went down at the intersection of Second Street and Third Avenue in Bayport at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini says the pilot, 34-year-old Scott Clifford, was hospitalized in serious condition with two broken legs and a head injury. The passenger, 66-year-old Michael Rome, was expected to be OK. No other injuries were reported.

Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter tells Newsday the plane experienced engine failure and was attempting to return to Bayport Aerodrome when it struck a tree and a utility pole.

The FAA is investigating.

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