1 Dead, 3 Injured in Small Plane Crash on L.I.

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:58 PM EDT
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1 Dead, 3 Injured in Small Plane Crash on L.I.

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A single-engine plane flown by a pilot making a practice landing crashed in New York on Sunday, killing a passenger and injuring the pilot and two other passengers.

The plane crashed into four parked cars at Republic Airport on Long Island at 9 a.m. Sunday, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said.

Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the pilot of the Marchetti four-seater was practicing landing the plane by making repeated approaches or "ouch and goes'' when he crashed.

"There was no indication from the pilot that there was any problem,'' Peters said. ``No mayday or distress message from the plane.''

Passenger Ed Cerverizzo, 75, of Garden City, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Massapequa, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The pilot, Gus Halouvas, 55, of North Bellmore, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow with spinal injuries.

Passenger William Mancusi, 83, of Brooklyn, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of facial lacerations.

Passenger Charles Bianculli, 61, of Lindenhurst, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where was listed in critical condition.

No one was injured on the ground, Suffolk police said. Both the police and the FAA were investigating the crash.

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