Queens County, NY Civil Air Patrol Plane Crash, May 1977
CAP 'ORIENTATION' FLIGHT ENDS IN CRASH; CADET DIES.
New York (UPI) -- A Civil Air Patrol plane lifted off from a small airport in Queens County Sunday morning to give young cadets an
"orientation" flight and moments later crashed into a two-family house, killing one cadet and injuring the woman pilot and two other cadets aboard.
None of the victims was identified pending notification of next of kin. The house was believed to be empty at the time of the crash.
Hospital officials said the pilot was in critical condition at Flushing Hospital with multiple fractures. The two cadets were in guarded condition at Booth Memorial Hospital.
The cadet who was killed was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said the one-engine Cessna 172 had taken off from Flushing Airport at 10 a.m. EDT and went down moments later, hitting the top floor of a two-story house in the Flushing section of Queens County. The crash caused a fire which was quickly put out by firemen.
Officials said the house is about a mile southeast of the airport, located near Flushing Bay directly across from LaGuardia Airport.
Cindy Clear, 22, who lives directly across from the house, said, "I was lying in bed and heard a big bang. I looked outside and saw a plane sticking out from the roof of the house across the street."
"I was pretty scared. I was shaking. People were coming around to tell us to get out of the house because sparks might have started a fire."
Miss Clear said, "One man pushed his way out of the plane and fell on to the grass. The plane then exploded and there was a big fire."
"The wings fell onto the ground and the rest of the plane was demolished."
Mrs. Maria Capulo, who also lives across the street from the crash said, "The part of the plane where the pilot was was inside the house. There were a lot of flames and I saw them take one body away."
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Cadet EDWIN GUEUERA, 16, Bronx.
Pilot Civil Air Patrol Lt. ANNETTE LEDER, 27, of Bronx, critical condition with multiple fractures and spinal injuries.
Cadet GEORGE MARTIN, 16, Bronx, serious condition at Booth Memorial Hospital with a brain concussion and internal injuries.
Cadet MIGUEL ROSADO, 14, Bronx, was in fair condition at Booth Memorial Hospital with hand and leg injuries.