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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A beloved North Rockland cheerleading coach who was 1 Hundreds gather to mourn loss of beloved North Rockland cheer coach
2 Westchester/Hudson Valley Sportscast, Dec. 9
VIDEO: Shoppers brave the cold for holiday deals 3 VIDEO: Shoppers brave the cold for holiday deals
They say Ken Smith, who was sick all 4 Mount Vernon police search for missing NYC corrections officer
Chopper 12 was over a tractor-trailer accident on 5 Chopper 12 over Newburgh-Beacon Bridge accident

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The small plane came down on the northbound Small plane lands on Major Deegan near WC border

Authorities say three people were injured when a small plane landed on the northbound side

Fox says that the trip is usually easy Trainer: Pilot handled landing well

A Piper PA-28 traveling to Connecticut after taking a tour of the Statue of Liberty

The small plane came down on the northbound Small plane lands on Major Deegan Expwy.

Officials have confirmed a small plane landed on the northbound side of the Major Deegan

One of the people aboard the plane was FAA investigating after plane landed on Deegan

All three people who were aboard a plane that landed on the Major Deegan Expressway

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE