Report: Pilot details landing on Major Deegan Expressway

The pilot of a plane that was forced to land on the Major Deegan Expressway told investigators he tried several steps before declaring a "mayday."

The small plane came down on the northbound side of the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx.

The small plane came down on the northbound side of the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. (1/14/14)

BRONX - The pilot of a plane that was forced to land on the Major Deegan Expressway told investigators he tried several steps before declaring a "mayday."

A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane, piloted by Michael Schwartz, of South Salem, had just flown around the Statue of Liberty on Jan. 4 when Schwartz noticed the engine was not developing power. Because he switched fuel tanks into the flight, Schwartz told investigators he could not remember the tank selected for takeoff.

Schwartz did make several attempts to restore power but in the end had to make an emergency landing on the heavily traveled roadway.

Schwartz and two passengers were not badly hurt.

The NTSB says it could take up to a year to determine an exact cause of the accident.

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