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Officials release new details on deadly plane crash in Long Island

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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)
SYOSSET, NY (WFSB) -

Officials provided an update on Wednesday afternoon regarding a deadly plane crash in Long Island that killed three people.

The crash happened on Tuesday afternoon in Syosset, New York.

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

According to emergency calls to air traffic control, the pilot was having a problem with the plane before it crashed. Officials said the plane started to break apart while it was in flight. The emergency call was made while the pilot was over JFK in New York.

During the calls, 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. 

The plane crashed near a school in Syosset. On Wednesday, police said there was a wide-spread area where debris from the plane was found. There were about five different crash sites in a 1/3 of a mile area, according to officials.

The four main corners of the plane were found, which are needed to help with the investigation.

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

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

The FAA said it is investigating along with the National Transportation Safety Board. This is expected to be a six to 12 month long investigation.

Eyewitness News spoke with experienced pilot Michael Teiger, who said the pilot should have still been able to fly the plane with the instruments that are working.

"I've taken flights like this many times. This is not an unsafe situation. It depends on how much experience he has with partial panel, in the clouds, in weather, we don't know," Teiger said.

Toward the end of the emergency call, the pilot said he is losing more of his instruments, which Teiger said is uncommon. After the crash in Long Island, there were reports of debris falling from the sky.

"Doesn't make sense because the aircraft shouldn't have lost control in small pieces. It implies there was an explosion but why would that be," Teiger said, adding that he believes these airplanes are safe.

"Considering the statistics between safety of driving a car and flight an airplane, I feel much safer in the air than I do driving from the airport back home after a days flight," Teiger said.

For more photos from the crash area, click here.

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