Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Bedford Hills, N.Y., man whose company provides digital steering equipment used by both pilots and mariners was killed Sunday afternoon when his Danbury-bound airplane crashed while trying to make an crisis landing in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Amir Tirosh, 52, proprietor of AirGator Inc., based in Mount Kisco, N.Y., was at the controls of a single-engine Piper Cherokee that took off from Orange region Airport in Montgomery, N.Y., just before 1:15 p.m. en route to Danbury Municipal Airport.

About halfway into the 50-mile air travel, Tirosh reported oil-pressure problems and was diverted to the Dutchess County Airport. The plane crashed in the woods about four miles southwest of the airstrip.

Tirosh was killed and his traveler, Daniel Bisk, 53, of Pleasantville, was gravely injured.
The airplane came down about 1:30 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters.

FAA workers were at the scene, along with deputies from the Dutchess region Sheriff’s office.

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