Pilots Die, Passengers Survive Lear Crash

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Both pilots died but their three passengers swam away with only minor injuries after the Learjet 35A they were on crashed in Long Island Sound just short of the Groton-New London Airport runway on Friday. According to the Hartford Courant, the plane went down just 100 yards short of the runway in shallow water. The passengers, three men in their 50's from Virginia on their way to play in a charity golf tournament, were covered in jet fuel but were able to walk away from the crash. The pilots were pronounced dead at the scene. According to Weather Underground, winds were moderate and visibility was about two miles at the time of the crash. The plane was owned by a company owned by televangelist Pat Robertson.