[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the New York Daily News on May 23rd, 1977. The story was written by Paul Meskil.]
A Civil Air Patrol plane [N217NY] crashed into a Queens house yesterday, killing a 16-year-old air cadet and injuring two other cadets and their pilot.
Police said that three teenage cadets and the pilot, CAP 1st Lt Annette Leder, 27, had just left Flushing Airport in a single-engine Cessna 172. The small plane took off at 10:55 a.m., heading east. Then it reportedly turned in a wide semicircle and appeared to be heading back to the airport when it lost altitude and crashed into the roof of three-story home at 144-69 27th Ave., at the corner of 146th St.
The plane struck the house and burst into flames at 10:08, three minutes after takeoff. Two of the cadets and the pilot fell from the plane to the ground. The three cadet, Edwin Guevara, of 740 E. 149th St, Bronx, was trapped in the blazing aircraft and died before rescuers could reach him.
Ms Leder, of 3535 DeKalb Ave, Bronx, was reported in critical condition at Flushing Hospital after more than four hours of emergency surgery for spinal injuries and multiple fractures of the arms and legs.
Probable Cause Result of NTSB Investigation
PILOT IN COMMAND – FAILED TO OBTAIN/MAINTAIN FLYING SPEED
PILOT IN COMMAND – MISUSED OR FAILED TO USE FLAPS
REMARKS – PIC TOOK OFF WITH FULL FLAPS,RETRACTED FLAPS, AIRCRAFT STALLED,STRUCK HOUSE.