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April 4, 2011

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on New York City Beach

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By: Matt Molnar
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A small aircraft has landed safely on a beach in New York City, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

Far Rockaway emergency landing map

Site of emergency landing.

The Piper PA-28 landed on the beach near Beach 56st Street in Far Rockaway, within the borough of Queens, about three miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to WABC.

All three on board appeared to be uninjured and walked away from the plane.


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  • Anonymous

    I heard the audio between the pilot and the ATC tower. The pilot claimed the engine was running a “teensy bit rough”. Then he said he had a sick passenger. Which was it?? What was the emergency? JFK was less than 3 miles away. This kid (24 years old) needs a timeout in the local clink for a few months and have his pilot’s license revoked. He even admitted to local police he got the idea from a TV show. NY has enough worries regarding local airspace without having to deal with juvenile idiots like this guy.