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Aug 27, 2013 1:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Pilot Injured In Shelter Island Plane Crash

Aug 28, 2013 9:57 AM

Three people, including a Southampton man, were treated for minor injuries following a small plane crash on Shelter Island over the weekend.

Marc Chiffert, 55, who splits his time between Southampton and Manhattan, was flying a 1997 Cessna Skyhawk 172R aircraft when it crashed into a brushy area with a pond located at the south end of the Shelter Island airstrip, a spot leased by the Shelter Island Pilots Association, at 3 p.m. on Sunday. There were two passengers in the plane, according to the Shelter Island Town Police Department.

Police said they did not know what caused the crash and that it was being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

ERIN MCKINLEY

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"Police said they did not know what caused the crash"..

My theory, it was gravity. What goes up......
By loading... (601), quiogue on Aug 28, 13 5:22 PM
Hmmm, POH says short field landing on a grass field with DA of 1035ft (78F/30.33Alt./60DP) on a 25C day at 2450lbs needs 1970ft to clear 50' obstacle and land. That field is about 1800ft long. Guess that explains the pond entry. My question is even if he did crowbar in a landing, how was he planning on getting out? Short field take off on grass over 50ft obstacle under those conditions needs about 2300ft minimum! Just because its there does not mean you can land on it!
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 29, 13 4:49 PM