Police: Pilot, girlfriend killed in Long Island plane crash
SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (AP) — Police say the victims of a small plane crash at a Long Island farm were the pilot and his girlfriend.
Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said Sunday that 66-year-old Robert Mark and 57-year-old Susan Quagliano were killed in Saturday morning’s crash at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) east of New York City.
The Oakdale couple’s dog survived.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Beechcraft A36 crashed around 9:15 a.m. into a freshly plowed field. Firefighters say the plane was “fully engulfed and burning” when they arrived.
Mark and Quagliano took off from MacArthur Airport in Islip and were about 15 minutes into a flight to New Bedford, Massachusetts when Flatley says the plane experienced “some type of mechanical failure.”
Federal authorities are investigating the crash.