A Manhattan man piloting a single-engine experimental plane was killed when his aircraft crashed into Long Island Sound Monday morning, about seven nautical miles — or, about eight miles — north of Mattituck Inlet, officials said.
Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed pilot Zubair Khan, 41, died in the crash. Flatley said the victim was the lone person aboard the plane and said his body was recovered from the Sound and was being taken to the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office for identification. Divers from the Mattituck Fire Department recovered the body, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the plane crashed at about 8:50 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said Coast Guard officials informed them that the aircraft was later found “submerged in water” about four miles north of Mattituck.