At 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night, a Cessna 172 made an emergency landing into a neighborhood on Long Island, New York, after running out of fuel. The plane, which is a registered rental from “Danny Waizman Flight School and Aircraft Rental” in Farmingdale, New York, was returning from a trip in Niagara Falls, New York.
The pilot, Dongl Kim, (27 of Flushing, New York) and his 2 passengers, Hung Joo Na, (27 of Flushing, New York) and Jung Woo, (26 of Flushing, New York), were returning to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, when the unthinkable happened. As the plane approached the small suburban New York airport, the pilot attempted to land the plane unsuccessfully four times. According to Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick Ryder, the aircraft was redirected to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) after the unsuccessful landing attempts at Republic Airport, where they again unsuccessfully landed the plane twice.
The Nassau County Police Department confirms that the Cessna 172 continued on a wild ride while being very low on fuel where it even clipped the rooftop of a church in Valley Stream, New York. The plane then careened into the front yard of a home at 113 Claredon Drive in Valley Stream, New York.
Commissioner Ryder said the overhead electrical wires prevented the small plane from striking the residential property on Claredon Drive. All three occupants on board were able to self-evacuate the aircraft prior to the arrival of police and emergency personnel. One passenger suffered a minor finger injury and and was treated by EMS.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to the scene and is currently conducting an ongoing investigation.