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Small plane lands on Bronx expressway

A small plane landed on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx Saturday afternoon, according to the city's Office of Emergency Management. ( More...

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Nice landing. Pipers are fixable.
Wonder why the pilot chose to make a gear up landing on a major expressway? It would seem that a gear down landing would have provide more control to avoid traffic after touchdown and perhaps allowed for the aircraft to be flown out if a satisfactory repair could have been made. The aircraft will probably have to be disassembled for removal as it undoubtedly sustained some damage.
Jim Maxwell 1
It's a fixed gear airplane (1966 Piper PA-28-180). Gear-up landing isn't an option! The plane lost power and was gliding in, and one of the witnesses said they clipped the tree tops. I'd venture to guess that they landed hard and collapsed the gear after hitting the trees.
Michael, looks like gear was down and succumbed to extreme pressure and collapsed on impact. Check out Daily News page on the incident
Lots of pics
Rob Gibbs 1
kev wu 1
Another link for the incident is here...
ltcjra 0
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A Small Plane Made An Emergency Landing On NYC's Major Deegan Expressway

the plane was bound for LaGuardia Airport in Queens, but touched down near the East 233rd St. exit in the Bronx, on the north-bound side of the highway.


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