The pilot of the plane, which went down at about 11:40 a.m. Sunday, had been cleared to do practice takeoffs and landings. He did not call for help before the aircraft slammed into a wooded area adjacent to Francis S. Gabreski Airport and burst into flames, said Daniel Boggs, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. StorySurvivor of plane crash is animal rights lawyer Boggs said investigators want to interview the survivor, identified by state police Monday as the pilot, Richard Rosenthal, 61, of Huntington Station, but he remains hospitalized and cannot speak. Killed in the Staten island kitchen remodel crash were flight instructor Arieh Narkunski, 64, of Brooklyn and passenger Robert A. Wilkie, 65, of Hempstead, police said. Family members of Wilkie, a tax attorney with a practice in Hempstead, declined to comment. Narkunski’s ex-wife, Annita Narkunski, 61, of Staten Island, said in a phone interview that Narkunski had studied aviation since he was a teenager growing up in Israel and had served as a jet mechanic in the Israeli Army. “My husband was a very careful flyer, very smart, experienced,” Annita Narkunski said.
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