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Garden City Park Teen Killed in Plane Crash

Two students from the Farmingdale State College aviation program were killed in a crash Wednesday night in Pennsylvania.

Two students from the Farmingdale State College aviation program — one from Garden City Park — were killed in a plane crash Wednesday night in Pennsylvania.

The dead were identified Thursday as Patrick Sheridan, 34, of Long Beach, the pilot, and Casey Falconer, 19, of Garden City Park.

A third student, Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside, survived.

Pennsylvania State Police say the crash was occurred near Spring Hill Airport in Wayne County at about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Steve Price, coordinator of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, told The Citizen's Voice, that the plane, a Mooney M20J single-engine model, appeared to have run into trees during take off.

A preliminary report by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the plane crashed on take off.

According to Newsday [paid link]:

"It crashed after departure . . . the reports are that the aircraft caught fire," FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said. She said the plane took off from Spring Hill Airport in Sterling, Pa., about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and was bound for Farmingdale.

College spokesman Patrick Calabria said the students were on a private trip and not flying a college plane. “Our campus is in shock and we are all trying to come to grips with this tragedy. Our hearts are with the family and friends of the two students who died. President Keen has released a message to the entire campus community and is in the process of reaching out to the families of the victims to offer whatever comfort and support is needed, as well as to the student who survived.  

"Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to use the campus personal counseling service which is standing by if they need,” Calabria said.

Wayne County coroner Edward Howell said Thursday autopsies would be conducted Friday.

Joann Donahue May 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM
That's the 2nd plane crash there in a week. The first crash hit some trees during take off also. Seems that airport has a problem. Maybe the runway is too short. So sad
Lynn Borowski May 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I certainly will keep the Falconer family in my prayers, and the other families as well.
mary Lennon May 11, 2012 at 01:27 PM
This is very sad, Casey was a great guy and he will be truly missed
Dan Connor May 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
This is a tragedy for the Falcone Family and the Garden City Park community to lose Casey at the young age of 19. Please keep the Falcone family in your thoughts and prayers
James Reddan May 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Our prayers are with the Falconer family, and all of the young man's friends. God bless you.
Kenneth Garvin May 12, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Tragedy! life cut much to short for a true goal seeker. Casey, rest in piece young Eagle . May the family's and others effected by this horrific accident find piece in Gods love .

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