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Seven Killed In Plane Crashes in New York, Arkansas, Illinois

August 23, 1987

Undated (AP) _ A home-built airplane crashed Saturday in a field across from a row of houses in New York, killing both people on board, while a light plane crashed in a busy Arkansas highway intersection, killing two men and critically injuring a third.

In Illinois, a private plane crashed into a cornfield, killing a father and his two teen-age sons.

No one on the ground was injured in the crash at Mattituck, N.Y., on Long Island, when the plane went down, according to Southold police officer Mark Zaleski.

The pilot was identified as the Rev. Richard Reder of New York City, said officer Jack Thilberg. The identity of a female passenger killed had not been determined, he said.

Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene. Authorities did not know where the plane had taken off. The cause of the crash was not known.

In the accident near Batesville, Ark., one man was rescued from the airplane soon after it crashed but before the other two could be freed, the plane caught fire and was destroyed, police said.

The dead were identified by police as Scott Morgan and Larry Miller, both of Southside, Ark.

Steven Hester, a passenger, in the four-seat Piper Tri-Pacer, was listed in critical condition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, a hospital spokesman said.

State Police Cpl. Dennis Gifford of the state police did not know the age of any of the three men aboard the plane, but said they were between 18 and 21.

The plane crashed nose-first just after takeoff from the Batesville Regional Airport at the intersection a few hundred yards from the airport, Gifford said.

In Illinois, a single-engine Cessna 172 crashed about into a cornfield 30 miles southwest of Rockford, said Adele Tate, area supervisor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Witnesses said the plane was at about 400 feet when the pilot went into a turn and it stalled. Dennis Moring, 42, and his sons, Brent, 17, and Todd, 15, were dead at the scene, authorities said.

Ogle County Sheriff Jerry Brooks said the three went up in the plane from their own airstrip to look for a model airplane the sons had lost in the cornfield.

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