Monday, July 17, 2017

Aeroprakt A-20 Vista Cruiser N55US: Incident occurred July 17, 2017 near Brookhaven Airport (KHWV), Shirley, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

Aircraft force landed in a wood area short of the runway.

Date: 17-JUL-17
Time: 00:10:00Z
Regis#: N55US
Aircraft Make: AEROPRAKT
Aircraft Model: A20 VISTA CRUISER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

A small plane crashed on Long Island, but the pilot was able to walk away uninjured, authorities say.

The aircraft went down just after 8 p.m. Sunday night along the Moriches-Middle Island Road in Mastic just shy of Brookhaven Calabro Airport, according to officials.

The FAA said the pilot was doing practice landings and was on the final approach to the airport when the plane’s engine cut out.

The pilot was able to coast the plane into a patch of woods before it came to rest in the trees, the FAA said.

his pilot was all smiles after he survived a crash-landing on Long Island.

Yuri Koziy, 45, was doing practice landings on his final approach to Brookhaven Calabro Airport around 8 p.m. Sunday when his plane went down along the Moriches-Middle Island Road in Mastic, officials told NBC.

Koziy, of Massapequa, managed to coast the plane into a patch of woods until it landed in the trees, the FAA told the station.

He was the only person on board the plane, and refused medical attention.

A photo shows Koziy, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, grinning broadly as he leans against a first responder’s van.

The aircraft crash-landed in the trees in Mastic, Long Island.

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