Pilot dies, passenger injured in crash of single-engine plane on LIRR tracks in Hicksville

Authorities are investigating the crash Sunday, Aug. 16,

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Authorities are investigating the crash Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, of a small plane on South Oyster Bay Road along the Hicksville-Bethpage line and south of Aerospace Boulevard. (Credit: Lou Minutoli)

A single-engine plane crash in Hicksville early Sunday left the pilot dead, his passenger injured and an LIRR branch suspended after the aircraft narrowly missed smashing into a senior living community, instead hitting nearby train tracks and catching fire.

Officials had not released the pilot's identity Sunday night. In East Farmingdale, Republic Airport air traffic control radio reports...

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