QUEENS, NY – According to an online news report on nydailynews.com, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, rescue, and firefighters responded to a seaplane accident at a pier close to 158th Street in Queens, New York. The single-engine seaplane collided with a concrete pier, and the impact tragically killed a female passenger. Two other individuals were seriously injured. One was a passenger, and the other was the pilot of the seaplane. The seaplane accident occurred in Whitestone at approximately 3 p.m., close by the Throgs Neck Bridge, according to fire and police officials.
According to the news report, a group of jet skiers witnessed the plane accident, and they went to the scene of the accident to offer assistance.
A 45-year-old man who witnessed the accident stated that the group of three jet skiers were quick to respond. The witness stated that he heard a loud crash, which sounded like a tractor-trailer truck crashing at full speed. The man stated that he saw the plane wrecked and the plane was pushed up against the barrier wall.
The witness stated that the jet skiers were able to get two of the people off of the plane. The two rescued were the men, the pilot and the male passenger, according to officials. One of the men suffered compound fractures to both of his legs.
Firefighters extracted the female passenger from the seaplane, but the woman had already tragically passed away due to her severe injuries, according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. The male passenger and the seaplane pilot were transported to the hospital, and both are listed in critical condition.
One eyewitness stated that the seaplane struck, then hopped onto the pier, and then broken into pieces. The same witness said that others claim the seaplane may have been moving too fast because the plane skipped twice and then struck the pier. The witness also stated that one of the jet skiers was injured during the rescue, and another jet skier received medical treatment at the accident scene.
The Federal Aviation Authority provided a statement about the accident, and the agency described the plane as a “single-engine Cessna 182.” The Federal Aviation Authority, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, announced that they would conduct an accident investigation.
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