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2 dead, 1 injured in Westhampton Beach plane crash

Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 02:19:51-05

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY —Officials say a plane practicing takeoffs and landings at a Long Island airport crashed into a wooded area, killing two people aboard.

Three people were onboard the plane when it crashed into some trees while practicing takeoffs and landings at Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County.

Two of the people died, sources said. The third person was suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Stony Brook Medical Center. No identifying information has been released for the three individuals.

An official in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says four New York National Guard members flying a helicopter in the area landed and helped rescue the victims from the plane that had burst into flames.

The four aviators were on a training mission when the airport tower nearby told them about the light plane that crashed, officials said. The servicemen jumped into action, rescuing the surviving victim from the burning aircraft.

It is unclear who was at the controls at the time of the crash.

A plane also crashed this past Sunday in New Jersey. Only the pilot was onboard that plane. He was injured, but survived the crash.

Gabreski Airport was built by the federal government in 1943. This isn't the airport's first fatal flight. Two men died in an attempt at a nighttime landing in 1994. The airport is mostly used by corporations and private plane owners.

The Associated Press and Myles Miller contributed to this report.