Environmental Conservation Officer DeRose and K9 Cramer reported they were training in a wooded area of Farmingdale State College on Long Island on January 10th when a family approached claiming a plane appeared to crash just north of the woods.
ECO DeRose contacted Suffolk County Police which had not received any calls about a crash in the area. He canvassed nearby roads and spotted Nassau County Police units at a local transfer station.
ECO DeRose approached to see a small, double-engine plane had crashed. While emergency personnel cut portions of the cabin away to free the pilot, ECO DeRose coordinated with local fire departments to determine whether fuel spilled and that emergency crews were using proper fire suppression.
The pilot was removed and transported to a local hospital. The local airport rescue team later confirmed that the pilot reported both engines failed because they likely ran out of fuel.
ECO DeRose worked with DEC’s Spill Response team to confirm a minimal amount of fuel was spilled, contained, and had minimal environmental impacts.
Photo of Small plane crash near Farmingdale State College.