Small plane crashes on Long Island

- A small, single-engine plane crashed in Syosset, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon. The plane apparently broke up mid-flight and came down in a residential neighborhood near some schools.

The FAA said three people were on board the Beech BE-35, which had taken off from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and was headed to Plainville, Connecticut.

Nassau County police said that all three -- two men and one woman -- died in the crash. No one on the ground was hurt.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate. The NTSB will be looking at the pilot's experience, aircraft maintenance records, and the weather conditions. Officials said the pilot reported problems with the instrument panel and a partial panel loss. The plane then vanished from radar and crashed. The debris field stretched about 2 miles.

"[A]n unusual noise was heard in the vicinity of South Woods M.S., Syosset High School and Berry Hill Elementary School," the superintendent of schools said in a message posted online. "We have been advised by the police to keep remaining personnel and students indoors in these buildings until further notice. Please avoid coming to our campuses until we have communicated with you further."

Police closed Cold Spring Road in both directions between Townsend Road and Chelsea Drive.

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