02/22/16 4:00pm
02/22/2016 4:00 PM

A Sea Tow helps pull the downed plane from water in Mattituck Inlet Monday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A July 2014 fatal plane crash in Mattituck occurred when the pilot failed to properly calculate the airplane’s center of gravity limits, according to a probable cause report released last month by the National Transportation Safety Board.  READ

12/23/14 8:00am
12/23/2014 8:00 AM
Zubair Khan in 2006 with his brother-in-law Umar Niazi. Mr. Khan was killed when his experimental plane crashed into the Long Island Sound near Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy of Umar Niazi)

Zubair Khan in 2006 with his brother-in-law Umar Niazi. Mr. Khan was killed when his experimental plane crashed into the Long Island Sound near Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy of Umar Niazi)

Three men died in accidents along Long Island Sound this year — one while flying a plane he built himself, a second while spearfishing and a third who was alone in his sailboat.
They were all doing something they loved. (more…)

07/16/14 11:21am
07/16/2014 11:21 AM
The front of the plane's fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The front of the plane’s fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land last Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

An initial federal investigation has revealed the home-built plane that crashed in Long Island Sound last week went down last Sunday night, roughly 14 hours before it was first discovered floating off Mattituck.

The cause of the fatal crash that killed 41-year-old pilot Zubair Khan has not yet been determined, investigators said. (more…)

07/08/14 4:00pm
Zubair Khan in 2006 with his brother-in-law Umar Niazi. Mr. Khan was killed Monday when his experimental plane crashed into the Long Island Sound near Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy of Umar Niazi)

Zubair Khan in 2006 with his brother-in-law Umar Niazi. Mr. Khan was killed Monday when his experimental plane crashed into the Long Island Sound near Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy of Umar Niazi)

When Zubair Khan first set out in February 2012 to convert a twin-engine CoZy aircraft into one with a larger single engine, he was met with skepticism from like-minded individuals on an online aviation message board.  (more…)