QUEENS, New York – One person has died and two are in critical condition after a plane crashed on a Queen’s pier just after 3 pm on Sunday, according to authorities.
The plane went down near Powells Cove Blvd. and 158th Street shortly after 3 p.m.
At approximately 3pm today a single engine seaplane crashed into a pier at Riverside Drive and 158 St on the Long Island Sound in Queens. FDNY members removed three seriously injured passengers from the wreckage and transported them to local hospitals. FDNY Operations continue. pic.twitter.com/pyuDgguowX
— FDNY (@FDNY) October 4, 2020
The FDNY said two people were rescued thanks to a Good Samaritan who witnessed the accident while riding a jet ski.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the public to keep the victims in their thoughts:
“A small seaplane crashed off a Riverside Drive pier in Queens earlier today. Emergency crews are on the scene. 3 passengers have been taken to the hospital. We will give more information as we receive it. Please keep these people. and their families in their thoughts tonight. ”
Residents should expect traffic delays, road closures, and a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the Riverside Drive and 158th Street area in Queens.