Haverstraw Plane crashes in
Rockland; pilot parachutes to safety
An empty small plane
crashed in an inlet in Bowline Point Park yesterday after the pilot suffered
leg pains and parachuted out.
The pilot, who landed in the water and was rescued, didn't suffer any
serious injuries, a spokesman for the Rockland County executive's office,
C.J. Miller, said. The pilot bailed out because he had pain in his legs and
couldn't pull the plane out of a dive, Miller said.
The pilot, who was not immediately identified, was plucked from the water
by emergency personnel and taken to a hospital.
The plane went down at 4:41 p.m., Haverstraw Police Department dispatcher
Edward Lopez said. The pilot had issued a mayday call a minute earlier.
The Cirrus SR22 fixed-wing single-engine plane was lost on the radar
about 10 miles from Westchester County Airport, Federal Aviation
Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.
The plane, tail No. 3452L, was owned by 52 Lima Corp., of New York City,
Salac said. It sank.