Plane crashes trying to land

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:00am

All Theresa Sisto heard was a noise.

Sisto was driving home on Center Road after a trip to the grocery store with her son Jock, a little before 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. 

“I was coming around the curve. I was looking ahead and I heard this horrible crashing sound, and I said, ‘What was that?’ Jock was looking out the window and said a plane just landed behind us,” Sisto recalled. “I went up to where I could turn around, and started to go back, but when I arrived there were already people there with phones calling 911.”

The single-engine plane, registered out of New Jersey, overshot the runway in an attempt to land and crashed through a section of the fence that surrounds the airport and had dragged the chainlink section across the road. The plane also clipped the guardrail before landing in the field across from the airport. “That’s what I had obviously heard, the plane hitting the fence. I didn’t see anything,” she said. She called the experience “nerve-wracking,” 

A New Shoreham police officer at the scene on the day of the crash said the two passengers were not seriously injured, but were airlifted off the Island. The plane was in several pieces.