One person is dead and two others are seriously injured after a small plane crashed into a pier in Queens Saturday afternoon, FDNY officials confirmed.
Emergency teams responded to the pier near Long Island Sound to receive reports of a plane that crashed around 3 p.m. The FNDY confirmed that there were three people on board the single-engine seaplane at the time of the crash.
The pilot and one of the passengers had already got off the plane when the first crews arrived at the scene, according to an FDNY spokesman. All three were taken to nearby hospitals when the second passenger died.
Nearby jet skiers who saw the crash rushed over to help the injured passengers.
“I just jumped over the fence, walked over, ripped out the windshield and pulled one of the boys out,”
Neighbors say the pilot lives nearby and frequently flies the seaplane in the area.
There was no apparent sign of serious damage to the pier near Riverside Drive in the Whitehouse neighborhood of Queens.
The FAA confirmed the crash of a single-engine Cessna 182 around 3 p.m. Her spokesman said NTSB investigators have been briefed on the crash and are investigating the cause.
It wasn’t clear why the plane could have landed on the pier.