Valley Stream plane crash

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Minor Injuries After Small Plane Goes Down In Valley Stream

April 15, 2019 - 9:51 am
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VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Three men walked away with minor injuries after their plane went down on the front lawn of a Long Island home on Sunday night.

Like a spider web, utility wires snagged the small plane just before it was about to crash into a home on Clarendon Drive in Valley Stream just after 10 p.m.   

O'Neil Parker came outside after losing power and saw the single engine Cessna hanging off the wire with its nose pointed down just a few feet off the ground. 

"It looked like it was on its way into the house and the wire caught it," Parker said. 

Kevin Phanord-Alexis, a nurse, checked on the three men who were in the plane. They were in shock. 

"They got out by themselves and when I came out they were already sitting on the sidewalk," he said. "We told them go play the lotto when they get a chance in the morning because God is on their side. They're very lucky to be alive right now."

Valley Stream plane crash
Photo courtesy of Kevin Phanord-Alexis

The pilot reportedly struggled with the dense fog on a return flight from Niagra. 

Nassau County police say there were four failed landing attempts at Republic Airport and two at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

When the fuel ran out, the plane dropped and clipped a church before getting hung up in the wires.