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Long Island plane crashes through the years

Accidents in the 1940s and '50s

An airplane crashes through a fence at Mitchel
Photo Credit: Newsday/Bill Sullivan

An airplane crashed through a fence at Mitchel Air Force Base near a sign that states a gas station was to be erected at site. The plane crashed in the roadway at Oak Street and Westbury Boulevard in Uniondale on June 9, 1958.

The foam covers the B-26 airplane crash against
Photo Credit: Newsday/Harvey Weber

Foam covers a B-26 airplane that crashed against a home on Barbara Drive in East Meadow on Nov. 2, 1955. The Air Force plane crashed into the houses. Both the pilot and navigator were killed, but there were no ground casualties.

Remains of a United Airlines plane that crashed
Photo Credit: Newsday/Max Heine

These are the remains of a United Airlines plane that crashed during takeoff from MacArthur Field. Three captains died in the plane while flying routine pilot qualification on April 4, 1955.

The crash scene of the foam covered wreckage
Photo Credit: Newsday/Cliff DeBear

The crash scene shows  foam-covered wreckage of an F-86D jet that crashede at a home on Blacksmith Road in Levittown on Dec. 27, 1955.

A soldier looks over the wreckage of the
Photo Credit: Newsday/Ike Eichorn

A soldier looks over the wreckage of an airplane that crashed at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale, killing six people on Sept. 13, 1955.

A home which was about 50 yards from
Photo Credit: Newsday/Cliff DeBear

A home was about 50 yards from where a Republic-made F-84G jet crashed on Denver Road in Wantagh on Aug. 3, 1954.

A military transport plane with seven men aboard
Photo Credit: Newsday/Max Heine

A military transport plane with seven men aboard crash-landed on a busy highway Wednesday night, Oct. 15, 1958, in Babylon. The plane smashed into three cars during a wild skid, fatally injuring a motorist. The twin-engine C123 ran out of fuel and swooped down on the four-lane Southern State Parkway on Long Island. Skidding hundreds of feet, it ripped through an underpass and struck three cars before stopping in flames. Harold J. Schneider of West Islip died of head injuries shortly after the accident. Three Air Force men and two women motorists suffered minor injuries. The plane had been trying to land at Zahn's Airport, about half a mile from the crash scene. After hitting the highway the plane skidded several hundred feet and into an underpass. The plane has a wingspan of 119 feet; the underpass is 50 feet wide. The plane emerged with wings, tailpiece and one engine gone.

Firefighters work on the wreckage of the crashed
Photo Credit: Newsday/Bill Sullivan

Firefighters work on the wreckage of a crashed Constellation airplane at Idlewild Airport on Oct. 19, 1953.

Automobiles that were parked in the area of
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jim Nightingale

Automobiles that were parked in the area of an airplane crash were crushed and burned by the impact at the intersection of 88th Avenue and 169th Street in Jamaica, Queens, near a busy subway terminal and in a substantial middle-class residential section on April 6, 1952.

A twin Mustang F-81 crashed into a home
Photo Credit: Newsday/Harvey Weber

A Mustang F-81 crashed into a home at Commercial and Fulton streets in Hempstead. Air Force firefighting crews try to smother the flames with foam on May 4, 1949.

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