A single-engine plane made an emergency landing at Robert Moses State Park on Saturday morning after experiencing engine trouble, federal aviation officials said.
According to the FAA, the pilot of a Cessna 172 aircraft started to experience engine problems shortly after taking off from Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip.
The pilot, identified as Boaz Eidelberg, 69, of Smithtown, eventually landed safely after performing an emergency landing at Robert Moses State Park at 8:40 a.m.
“The plane landed on a park road in front of Field 5, which is a popular field on the east end of the park,” said George Gorman, the deputy regional director for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The plane landed on a park roadway between the beach entrance and a far exit. “The road at that time of the morning was not heavily utilized by cars,” Gorman said.
The plane will now be dismantled and removed from the park, he said. Both the FAA and New York State Park Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the emergency landing.
Eidelberg, the pilot, could not be reached at his Smithtown home.
New York State Park Police officials are expected to release additional details about the emergency landing later Saturday afternoon.