Long Island couple dies in plane crash on the way to visit son

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A respected Long Island surgeon and his wife were killed when the plane he was piloting crashed behind a home in a Boston suburb.

Dr. Michael Graver, 65, and his 52-year-old wife Jodi Cohen were headed to Massachusetts to visit their son, when their four-seater aircraft careened down into a wooded residential area in Woburn at around 11 a.m. Saturday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

The single-engine Columbia Aircraft LC41 had taken off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale at about 9:30 a.m. and crashed just minutes before the Manhasset couple was supposed to land at the Hanscom Field Air Force Base.

Family members said Graver, the chief of adult cardiac surgery at North Shore University Hospital, was a “very experienced pilot.” Authorities don’t know what caused the crash yet but said no foul play is suspected.

Responders found Graver and Cohen, who worked for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, about four miles from the Air Force base. No one on the ground was hurt and no homes in the area were damaged.

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