Dog reportedly survives Long Island plane crash that killed man, woman

Adam Warner
June 08, 2019 - 10:31 am
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SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – A man and woman were killed when the small plane they were in crashed on the North Fork of Long Island Saturday morning, officials say -- but a dog that was also on board reportedly survived the fiery crash.

Southold Chief of Police Martin Flately said the man and woman were killed when the plane experienced "some type of mechanical failure'' and went down in a field.

Flately said the plane was flying from MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma to New Bedford, Massachusetts, when it crashed.

The FAA said the aircraft, a Beech A36, crashed just after 9:15 a.m. Riverhead EMS responded along with multiple county agencies, Suffolk County fire officials said.

Scott Russell, the supervisor of Southold, told 1010 WINS that the plane went "into flames" but that the fire was eventually put out.

Russell said the victims will be identified by the medical examiner.

Miraculously, CBS News reports that a dog was found alive and apparently managed to survive the impact and fire. The animal was reportedly discovered by a farmer and handed over to friends of the victims.

The plane crashed in a field at the Harbes Family Farm on Sound Avenue.

The farm released a statement, saying: "This morning around 9:30am, a small plane crashed in our field after flying low over our Mattituck property. Firefighters, police officers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene within minutes and put out the ensuing fire. This is a sad tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the passengers of the aircraft."

The FAA is investigating the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will work to determine an exact cause.

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