NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Two people were killed yesterday when the small plane they were in crashed and burst into flames near Danbury Municipal Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The Cessna 182 went down at 11:30 a.m. about 4 miles north of the airport in a wooded area off Gillotti Road, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said. The crash site is near New Fairfield High School and a middle school. Both schools remained in session, and no students were injured, school officials said.
The plane was registered to the Gace Flying Club in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Peters said. Messages seeking comments were left at Gace Flying Club. Sergeant J. Paul Vance, a Connecticut State Police spokesman, said the plane was heading to Long Island from Albany, N.Y.
''At some point and time during the flight, the pilot reported experiencing engine and oil pressure problems," Vance said. The pilot spoke with both Long Island and Danbury airports and attempted to make an emergency landing in the field near the schools.
Witnesses said the plane came over the high school's softball field and looked as if it was starting to circle, then clipped the top of the trees and went straight down, and was engulfed in flames on impact.
Newsday identified the victims as Alfred Zadow and his wife, Donna, of Wading River, N.Y.