Small plane makes emergency landing on New York expressway

NEW YORK Sat Jan 4, 2014 10:33pm EST

1 of 4. A single engine plane is seen amid vehicle traffic on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx borough of New York January 4, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A small plane made an emergency landing on a New York City expressway on Saturday, resulting in minor injuries to the three onboard and backing up a traffic on the major thoroughfare, emergency officials said.

The single-engine plane landed on the Major Deegan Expressway in the borough of the Bronx around 3:20 p.m. The situation was quickly brought "under control," according to the New York City Fire Department.

The plane had departed Danbury, Connecticut, for a look of the Statue of Liberty and was on its way back when it experienced an onboard emergency, according to the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

The three persons in the plane were treated at the scene for minor injuries and then transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation, officials said.

There were no reports of car accidents linked to the surprise landing of the four-seat 1966 Piper PA, although traffic was backed up in both directions as crews worked to remove the plane.

(Reporting By Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (3)
morbas wrote:
Anyone notice, the American light planes are antiques straight out of the 60′s. Just about the same time that taxation of the rich 1% was being curtailed by greed lobbying. Innovation is a result of Democracy and fair just wage, suppression of the people by outsourcing manufacturing base has consequence.

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Jan 05, 2014 3:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Oma wrote:
Four people with too much money and nothing else to do decide to fly around the statue of liberty. Hundreds of others going about their business are put at risk and delayed, possibly for hours.

Why are the pilot and owner of the plane not named? Why is the “onboard emergency” not described? Ran out of gas? Deferred or incompetent maintenance? Plane simply too old?

Jan 05, 2014 8:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
Oma wrote:
Four people with too much money and nothing else to do decide to fly around the statue of liberty. Hundreds of others going about their business are put at risk and delayed, possibly for hours.

Why are the pilot and owner of the plane not named? Why is the “onboard emergency” not described? Ran out of gas? Deferred or incompetent maintenance? Plane simply too old?

Jan 05, 2014 9:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
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