A small plane made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx on Saturday. The nature of the emergency is not known at this time, according to USA Today on Jan. 4.
New York City’s Office of Emergency Management reports it is not immediately clear why the plane needed to make the emergency landing. The three people on board the plane were treated on the scene for injuries, with none were reported as life-threatening.
The plane touched down on the Major Deegan Expressway in the area of East 23rd Street. That area of the expressway was closed down for a few hours on Saturday afternoon while emergency responders were on the scene.
Landings on highways seem to have become more prevalent lately, with small planes utilizing the long strips of straight roadways of the highways when an emergency on board arises. When an emergency comes up mid-flight, highways are one of the locations that are able to provide enough length for a plane to land.
This is something pilots learn early-on while still under instruction to get their pilot license. A pilot who landed his plane on the highway in Pennsylvania last summer was happy he learned this when an emergency came up with his plane mid-flight, as reported in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in August 2013.