Plane Makes Emergency Landing on the Major Deegan Expressway

By Paul DeBenedetto and Jess Wisloski  on January 5, 2014 9:55am

 Daniel Miller tweeted a photo of the crash landing on Saturday, showing a view of the miraculous feat from his dashboard.
Daniel Miller tweeted a photo of the crash landing on Saturday, showing a view of the miraculous feat from his dashboard.
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THE BRONX — A small touring airplane headed to Connecticut after a tour of the Statue of Liberty made an emergency landing on the busy Major Deegan Expressway with barely any damage, according to officials and reports.

The aircraft, which had come from Danbury, Conn., was headed back from a sightseeing tour in the city, when the pilot encountered engine problems with the Piper PA-28, and alighted on the roadway at around 3:20 p.m., the Office of Emergency Management said. 

The plane touched down in an emergency landing near Exit 13 on the Major Deegan, but did not catch fire or suffer any major gas leakage, said Mayor de Blasio at a press conference.

Three passengers, the male pilot and two women, were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital with non-critical injuries, the FDNY said, which responded to the scene along with the NYPD, EMS, OEM and Department of Transportation.

An investigation into what officially caused the craft's crash landing was underway, and de Blasio called the landing an "extraordinary situation, and actually a bit of a miracle."

"I thought I'd seen everything in my life," he said.  "Thank God the pilots and passengers landed safely, and there were no other injuries caused by that landing."

Investigators were looking at what caused the engine failures, and the FAA removed the plane to the Van Cortlandt Golf Course on Saturday, the OEM said.

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