The Pieper aircraft touched down along the northbound lanes of the Major Deegan Expressway, an interstate, near East 233 Street in the Bronx around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Fire department officials said there were three people – two female passengers and a male pilot – on board the small plane when the aircraft lost power. The three were being treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and were expected to be released Saturday night.
The plane reportedly took off in Danbury, Conn., and was heading for a sightseeing trip around the Statue of Liberty, but lost power along the way and needed to make an emergency landing, city officials said.
Police shut down the highway on Saturday afternoon as emergency personnel and investigators combed through the scene. Traffic remained snarled for hours as crews worked to drain gallons of fuel from the aircraft and then load it on a flatbed tow truck.
As of Saturday evening, police had reopened all lanes of the interstate. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said fire personnel would remain on the scene.
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment.
Federal records show the plane was registered in June to a Westchester County man. He could not be reached Saturday afternoon for comment.