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Jamaica Estates pilot dies

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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:30 am

A father of five from Jamaica Estates was killed Tuesday morning when the single-engine plane he was flying went off course and crashed into an East Patchogue, LI backyard.

Hanan Shoshani, 53, of Kent Street was heading to MacArthur Airport in Islip, but radioed to the controller that he had no visibility and was attempting to return to Republic Airport in East Farmingdale.

The airplane nearly hit a house that was occupied by a woman and her baby at the time of the crash. There were no injuries and only a minor fire.

Born in Israel, Shoshani lived in Jamaica Estates for about 20 years, a neighbor said. He owned several stores, including a clothing shop in the Bronx and jeans and sneaker stores in Queens, according to published reports.

Shoshani was active with the North Shore Hebrew Academy on Long Island, where his children attended school. He was also a member of Congregation Beth El in Fresh Meadows, where his funeral was held Wednesday morning. Interment will be in Israel.

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