Four Long Islanders Injured in Hudson Valley Plane Crash

Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM EDT
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Four Long Islanders Injured in Hudson Valley Plane Crash

Times Herald-Record/STEVE BORLAN

Investigators work at the scene of a small plane crash in the Town of Plattekill. The airplane, a 1978 Cessna Model 172N single engine aircraft, crashed in Wayne Dunnigan's yard after taking off from nearby Kobelt Airport Thursday evening. 5/21/10 THR/Steve Borland

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Four Long Island men were hospitalized after their small plane overshot the runway at a Hudson Valley airport and landed in the front yard of home, said State police.

Troopers say the single-engine Cessna 172N crashed at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday near the Ulster County hamlet of Wallkill, 65 miles north of New York City.

The pilot, 48-year-old Robert Schmidt of Bayshore, and 51-year-old John Brienza of Farmingdale were airlifted to Westchester Medical Center. Thirty-one-year-old Anthony Errera of Baldwin and 42-year-old Robert Kroll of West Sayville were taken to local hospitals.

Their conditions aren't immediately available Friday morning.

Federal aviation officials say the plane crashed while trying to land at Kobelt Airport. The cause is under investigation.
 

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