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Of 3 killed in LI plane crash, 1 a Connecticut resident

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Authorities say the aircraft had taken off from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was headed to Robertson Field, an airport in Plainville, Connecticut. (WCBS) Authorities say the aircraft had taken off from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was headed to Robertson Field, an airport in Plainville, Connecticut. (WCBS)
Officials say three people have been killed after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island. (WCBS) Officials say three people have been killed after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island. (WCBS)
A plane headed to Connecticut crashed in Long Island, killing three people. (WCBS) A plane headed to Connecticut crashed in Long Island, killing three people. (WCBS)
SYOSSET, NY (AP/WFSB) -

Officials say three people were killed after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island, and at least one was from Connecticut.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to emergency calls to air traffic control, the pilot was having a problem with the plane before it crashed. The pilot is heard calmly telling air traffic control that there was a problem with the vacuum system.

The vacuum system controls the artificial horizon which is a gauge that tells the pilot whether they are going up or down or turning the plane. 

Authorities say the aircraft had taken off from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was headed to Robertson Field, an airport in Plainville, CT.

The plane crashed near a school in Syosset, New York.

Eyewitness News has learned that at least one victim is from Connecticut, however the identities have not yet been released by police.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said the bodies were found after the Beech BE-35 aircraft went down on Cold Spring Road in Syosset.

The FAA says it is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will attempt to determine what caused the crash.

Syosset fire crews performed searches in and secured several homes in the area that were impacted by the crash.

"Our members responded quickly and very professionally to this challenging incident," said Syosset Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Douglas Share. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families."

For more photos from the crash site, click here.

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