Small plane crashes into Long Island yard; one dead

By The Associated Press

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say one person is confirmed dead after a small private plane crashed in the yard of a Long Island home.

Town of Brookhaven spokesman Kevin Molloy says the plane crashed in the community of East Patchogue on Tuesday morning.

Officials say a fire damaged the house following the 9 a.m. crash but has been put out.

Suffolk County officials say a two-block radius has been evacuated as a precaution.

Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine tells Newsday that people in the house appear to be physically unharmed.

Molloy said the airport in nearby Shirley had no takeoffs or anticipated landings around that time.

On Friday, a small plane narrowly missed a house when it crashed in Westchester County and killed a member of the Rockefeller family.

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