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Niagara Falls visitors crash plane en route to JFK

Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 07:42:49-04

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three people flying a small plane, that took off from Niagara Falls International Airport, crashed late Sunday night on Long Island.

All three people on board the plane survived.

According to, the plane took off from Niagara Falls at 5:12 p.m., Sunday. It was supposed to land at Republic Airport, on Long Island, at 9:13 p.m. It crashed just after 10:00 p.m.

The plane and the passengers on board had been in Niagara Falls for an all-day visit. They arrived in Niagara Falls, from Republic Airport, flying that same plane at 11:04 a.m.

Officials say the passengers on the plane, spent some time at Niagara Falls and were attempting to land at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. They missed the runway four times, and were redirected to JFK Airport, where they missed the runway twice. The plane was reportedly low on fuel.

One of the passengers suffered a sprained finger.

None of the people on the plane were from Western New York.

The plane, a Cessna Skyhawk, is owned by a company on Long Island.