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Pilot Killed In Small Plane Crash On Long Island

May 30, 2018 - 6:40 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The pilot of a small plane died when his plane crashed on Long Island Wednesday.

The plane had taken off from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale and crashed into a wooded area in Melville.

The fire marshal confirmed the pilot of the World War II era plane was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The plane belonged to the Geico Skytypers, a group of stunt pilots that had taken part in last week’s Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. A spokeswoman for GEICO Skytypers identified the pilot as Ken Johansen, according to published reports. 

Johansen also was a naval aviator and a professional airline pilot, according to the spokeswoman.

Suffolk County police say there were no other occupants on the plane and no one on the ground was injured. Photos of the wreckage show thick black smoke and flames.

One woman tweeted pictures of the plane that landed in her driveway.

The plane belonged to the Geico Skytypers, a group of stunt pilots that had taken part in last week’s Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. A spokeswoman for GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team confirms pilot Ken Johansen was killed.