Small plane crashes in Long Island, all passengers survive

ABC News(VALLEY STREAM, N.Y.) -- A plane carrying three people, a pilot and two tourists from Korea, crashed into the front lawn of a home on Long Island, N.Y.

The small, single-engine Cessna plane crashed into power lines around 10 p.m. Sunday. The wires suspended the aircraft about a foot from the ground, preventing it from actually striking the lawn or damaging any homes in the Valley Stream residential area.

Authorities found the three survivors sitting on the curb across the street from where the plane had crashed. The pilot , Dongl Kim, 27, and passengers Hong Joo-Na, 29, and Jung Woo, 26, rented the plane at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., in association with a local flight school, officials said.

The three were on their way back from a trip to Niagara Falls and encountered dense fog. The National Weather Service had issued an advisory before the crash. The fog made Kim miss the runway a total of six times after he attempted to land at both Republic Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, according to Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.

The plane eventually ran out of fuel and clipped a local church before nosediving into the lawn of a single-family home. Nassau Police confirmed Hong was the only passenger injured and left the scene with a sprained finger.

Valley Stream resident Lucila Hernandez, 20, said the crash knocked out the power in her home as well as her neighbors'. Everyone gathered at the scene to inspect the damage, she said.

"It was panic," Hernandez told ABC News. "It was the last thing I expected to see when I turned the corner. I thought people had gotten hurt or died."

Ryder denied any possibility of substance abuse issues related to the crash.

"They all appear to be fine at this time," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to ABC News it is investigating the incident.

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Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire

Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpirefstop123/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- A baseball game between a group of 7-year-old kids degenerated into an all-out brawl with parents throwing haymakers, other cowering for cover and a woman even jumping on someone's back.

The reason for the brawl: a parent didn't like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.

The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.

The brawl was still ongoing as Lakewood police arrived at the scene.

These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU

— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019

Police issued four citations for disorderly conduct, but said they are still searching for others involved in the fight.

Police are looking for an adult in a white T-shirt and teal shorts in particular because he can be seen in the video throwing sucker punches at people looking in the other direction. Police said it is unknown if this person is a parent of one of the children in the game.

There were a few minor injuries and one person suffered serious bodily injury, police told ABC News. No details on the injury were available.

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