Coast Guard: Small plane crashes in East Hampton waters, pilot killed
The Coast Guard says one person died when a single-engine plane crashed in East
Hampton on Thursday.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a plane went
down at around 12:30 p.m. The Coast Guard confirms that the pilot, Kent I. Feuerring, 57, of Sagaponack, was the only
person on board and was killed in the crash.
Friends of Feuerring tell News 12 that he was an excellent,
experienced pilot who did aerobatic stunts.
"Kent was first of all, a fabulous person,
a wonderful human being, an integral part of the aviation community out
here," says Joseph De Bellis. "And on top of all that, he was an
According to police, witnesses saw a wing fall
from the plane in mid-flight. The aircraft spiraled into the water.
Divers were near the scene of the crash site to collect evidence.
Other friends of Feuerring says that he got the
plane in May and had been
complaining that it was having problems.
"When you have that kind of failure on an
airplane, it's not an airplane anymore, it's a rock," says Frank Gwynn.
"It's just going to fall."
The flight started at the East Hampton Airport and abruptly ended after
Feuerring made a left turn.C
The company that made the plane released a statement, reading in
part, "Seamax LLC sympathizes with the loss of the pilot of the Seamax
M-22 SN 168 aircraft. Unfortunately, the tragic accident occurred this Thursday
afternoon (10/06/2023) in NY.
Although aware that nothing can compensate for this loss, the
company is committed to supporting the family and the investigation of the
The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board
and East Hampton Town Police are investigating what caused the plane to come
Kent I. Feuerring