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Matt Molnar
05-21-2005, 02:11 PM
4 Killed As Plane Hits Coney Island Beach

Four Killed As Small Aircraft Crashes on the Beach in Coney Island, N.Y., on Sunny Spring Day

NEW YORK May 21, 2005 Four people were killed Saturday afternoon when a small aircraft crashed on the beach in Coney Island, hitting the sand as stunned sunbathers looked on, officials said. There was no immediate word of additional injuries.

The four victims were dead at the scene following the 1:30 p.m. crash at the popular Brooklyn beach, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker. Police and fire officials were at the scene, where the shattered aircraft remained on the beach.

"It looks like it came down nose-first," said Dick Zigun, a Coney Island resident who was at the crash site. "The wings are broken off, and the cockpit glass was smashed up. It didn't look like anyone could survive that."

Zigun, who has lived in Coney Island for 25 years, said it was the first plane crash on the beach that he could recall. Several sunbathers were on the beach when the plane came down, he said.

The crash occurred on a sunny spring day at the world-renowned beach, home to the Cyclone rollercoaster and the Astroland amusement park. The plane hit the beach close to KeySpan Park, a minor league baseball stadium.

The famous beach and boardwalk hosts tens of thousands of New Yorkers during the summer months, and its more famous visitors in the past included Charles Lindbergh and Sigmund Freud.


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PhilDernerJr
05-22-2005, 01:00 PM
I just heard that whent he flight initially took off, that a woman on it lost her mind and wanted to go back right away. So the plane landed and dropped her off and some other guy got on.

Then they departed again.....and crashed.

Talk about fate.

Matt Molnar
05-22-2006, 10:46 AM
A year ago yesterday...