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Pilot injured when small plane crashes during takeoff at Long Island airfield

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SHELTER ISLAND, New York — Police say a pilot was injured when he crashed his single-engine plane while trying to take off from an airfield on the eastern end of Long Island.

It happened just before 6:30 p.m. Monday at Klenawicus Airfield on Shelter Island.

Det. Sgt. Jack Thilberg said witnesses reported seeing the Cessna 162 go about 30 feet in the air before it veered right and crashed. He identified the pilot as 80-year-old Michael Russo of Shelter Island.

Russo was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical but stable condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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