A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Monday afternoon that his earlier report saying one of the victims of in Sagaponack has died was premature.
Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson said that the police department had also been informed that the victim died, but he acknowledged that the information might not have been correct as it did not come from Stony Brook University Medical Center, where the man is in critical care along with the other crash victim.
One of the two men injured when they in a World War II-era single-engine plane Sunday in Sagaponack has died, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said Monday.
The registered owner of the plane is Taylor R. Smith, who has a P.O. Box in Wainscott, but FAA spokesman Jim Peters said not to assume that the owner was one of the two occupants of the plane. Southampton Town police said the victims' identities are being withheld pending notification of their families.
“NTSB will take several months to reach a conclusion as to what happened and what the cause of the accident was," Peters said. "It's not done quickly; it’s a go slow process."
The plane lost power just before the crash at 10:13 a.m. and flipped as it was landing, Peters said.
According to FAA records, the plane, a model ST3KR fixed-wing single-engine aircraft, was manufactured in 1941 by Ryan Aeronautical.