Small Plane Crashes on Long Island Street, Two Hurt

iStock/Thinkstock(BAYPORT, N.Y.) — Two men were lucky to have escaped with their lives after a plane they were flying in crash-landed in a Long Island neighborhood Sunday evening.

 

 

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. — officials say the pilot lost power shortly after take off from a nearby airport and was circling back when the engine went out and crashed at an intersection in Bayport.

Bayport Fire Department immediately arrived to the fiery scene.

"In an unbelievable display of heroism [they] were able to take the pilot and the passenger out of the plane," said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini.

 

 

The pilot, 35-year-old Scott Clifford, suffered a head injury and two broken legs and was in serious condition. The passenger, 65-year-old Mike Rolm, suffered head injuries. Both were admitted to a local hospital. Rolm's injuries are not considered serious, officials tell WABC in New York.

Miraculously, the mangled plane managed to avoid any of the surrounding homes.

"This is nothing short of a miracle — both that the airplane did not hit any houses and any other individuals," said Commissioner Sini. "We're talking about a Sunday evening at 7:00, clearly people could be out and about."

 

 

Officials say the FAA is investigating, and the NTSB is working to determine the cause of the crash.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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