FAA investigating after plane landed on Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx

One of the people aboard the plane was pilot Michael Schwartz, of South Salem. Schwartz steered the plane onto the northbound expressway after reportedly experiencing engine problems. (1/5/14)

THE BRONX - All three people who were aboard a plane that landed on the Major Deegan Expressway yesterday have been released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries.

One of the people aboard the plane was pilot Michael Schwartz, of South Salem. Schwartz steered the plane onto the northbound expressway after reportedly experiencing engine problems.

The plane was diverted to LaGuardia Airport but was not able to make it there.

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The pilot and two female passengers - Monica Castillo, of Delaware and Kristina Terell, of Connecticut - were on a sightseeing trip from Danbury, Conn. to the Statue of Liberty. The group was on their way back from New York City when Schwartz made an emergency landing.

A Department of Transportation crew was repairing potholes on the Major Deegan when they saw the plane and stopped traffic to allow Schwartz to land safely.

Aviation experts told News 12 that Schwartz acted within his training and did exactly what he should have done under those circumstances.

Schwartz, an account executive at data warehousing company Tera-Data, earned his pilot’s license last spring, according to FAA records.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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