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Rescuer recalls small plane crash on Long Island

August 27, 2012 2:09:41 PM PDT
Craig Schum is still trying to figure out how to deal with what he saw on Sunday. He was just passing by East Hampton Airport when he heard a huge bang in the woods nearby.

"There really wasn't a decision at that point. I was just running at this plane that was on fire," Schum said.

Schum scaled a 10-foot wire fence. He came upon the pilot Steven Bochter, who's from Massachusetts, and his passenger Kimberly Brillo.

Schum says Bochter was walking around bloodied and dazed.

"She was on the ground, her legs still in the plane. I thought she was dead. She was completely covered in blood. They were all cut up. Both of them," he said.

Schum lifted Brillo out of the burning plane and with the help of several other people carried both of them to safety.

Schum says he hasn't slept since this all happened. He came straight to work at Levain Bakery in Wainscott. He's been getting a lot of kudos, but if you ask him -

"I didn't do anything. I just helped people who needed help," he said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said the agency is investigating the accident, along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The small airport is located about 100 miles east of New York City, in an area frequented by celebrities and the wealthy. According to the airport's website, it serves a mix of private pilots, charter flights and commercial businesses. About 16,000 aircraft use the airport it annually, mostly between the months of May to October.

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