EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The pilot who was killed in a plane crash in the Hamptons has been identified as the president of a local aviation advocacy group.
East Hampton Town Police said Thursday evening that the slain pilot was Kent I. Feuerring. He was 57 and lived in Sagaponack.
The single-engine Seamax M-22 went down at about 12:30 p.m. at the edge of Three Mile Harbor, about 90 miles (145 km) east of New York City. Town Police Capt. Christopher Anderson said witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be a wing break off the fuselage before the aircraft spiraled downward into the harbor.
The pilot was dead when officers arrived, and no one else was on board, police said.
Professionally, Feuerring produced commercials. But he also loved flying, fellow aviation enthusiasts told Newsday.
He was president of the East Hampton Aviation Association, which advocates for local pilots and the East Hampton Town Airport. Feuerring also was involved in Wings Over Haiti, a nonprofit group that aids the Caribbean nation.
Feuerring flew several times a week, said Erin King Sweeney, an aviation attorney. She’s also director of the East Hampton Community Alliance, an airport advocacy group.
“There’s risk in everything we do, but he had a passion for it and loved to fly in the morning to enjoy the beautiful Hamptons and sky,” she told the newspaper.
His friend Diana Aceti said Feuerring frequently offered flights to friends and was “a complete angel to the whole community.”