Floatplane Accident Kills One In New York City


All the usual authorities are investigating a strange seaplane accident in New York City that killed a woman and sent three people to local hospitals. The Cessna 182 on floats hit a pier near the Throgs Neck Bridge in Queens. The mangled wreck of the aircraft ended up mostly on the dock. There were three people on the airplane, including the 60-year-old woman who died and the fourth person was reportedly a Good Samaritan on a jet ski. 

The aircraft was owned and presumably piloted by Joe Oppedisano, a prominent New York restaurateur who kept his aircraft in a hangar by the pier. Neighbors interviewed by the New York Post said Oppedisano flew frequently from the pier and lives nearby. Fire Department of New York Commissioner Dan Nigro said he is assuming the accident happened shortly after the aircraft landed. “Witnesses said the plane was traveling rather fast along the water, skipped twice and hit the pier,” Nigro told the Post.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. You should never taxi fast on water as you have no braking action. True the water drag slows you down eventually but why show off when there a boats in the area that are less maneuverable than the plane.