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Pilot Dies After Plane Crash in Long Island Sound

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating a deadly plane crash that occurred Monday morning over the Long Island Sound. At approximately 9:00am the United States Coast Guard Long Island Sector notified Southold Town Police Department that an unknown aircraft was spotted floating approximately eight miles north and west of the Mattituck Inlet. Marine vessels and land vehicles were deployed by Southold Town Police upon this notification. The first arriving police marine unit located a single engine aircraft with 1 occupant deceased floating in the Long Island Sound. Rescue personnel from the Mattituck Fire Department & Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to a staging area at Iron Pier in Mattituck. According to Det. Sgt. John Sinning of the Southold Town Police Department the police department received several 911 calls some from the Connecticut side of the Long Island Sound that a plane was down in the water. With the assistance of Mattituck Fire Department divers, the body of the deceased was pulled from the water. Reports indicate that the aircraft was registered as an “experimental aircraft registered in the state of New York. Det. Sgt. John Sinning said the aircraft was submerged but did not sink. Sea Tow along with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) towed the aircraft wreckage slowly towards the Mattituck Inlet, which will be transported to a nearby location for further inspection and investigation by the FAA. The body of the pilot Zubair Khan, 41, of Manhattan NY was turned over to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office for further testing and cause of death.

Sea Tow with plane wreckage entering Mattituck Inlet
Andrew Tetreault
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