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Three walk away unharmed in Valley Stream plane crash


A single-engine Cesna propeller plane, having run out of fuel, crashed on the front lawn of a Clarendon Drive home at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, becoming entangled in power lines just as it was about to hit the ground, and left suspended roughly one foot in the air.

All three of the plane's passengers walked away from the crash without injury, according to police and multiple bystanders.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder reported that the pilot, returning home from a round trip starting at Republic Airport in Farmingdale to Niagara, became became disoriented in the fog and missed the runways at both Republic and John F. Kennedy multiple times before running out of fuel and clipping a nearby church before hitting the power lines.

Neighbors reported suddenly hearing a loud boom, initially believing it was a blown transformer, and power immediately went out for dozens of homes on and near Clarendon. Upon leaving their houses, they found the plane suspended in the wires with its three passengers already outside, sitting on the curb opposite the crash.

PSEG Long Island reported that 198 homes lost power due to the crash. Technicians were on scene working to free the plane at around 12:30 a.m. the next day.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen issued this statement on social media: "Someone was looking over the pilot of this plane. It's a miracle that everyone survived and no one on the ground was injured.

"I'm thankful that the passengers only received minor injuries and were able to walk away from this accident in Valley Stream.

"Great work by the Valley Stream Fire Department and the Nassau County Police Department responding immediately to the crash and making sure everyone was safe."

More to follow as this story develops.