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Mayday Call Warns Of Lost Engine Power Before Plane Landed On Major Deegan

A small plane made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (Credit: Peter Gerber)

A small plane made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (Credit: Peter Gerber)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The pilot’s mayday call was released new details Sunday in an emergency landing by a small plane on the Major Deegan Expressway this weekend.

The plane had departed from Danbury, Conn., and had flown to the city for a tour of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Office of Emergency Management. The plane was returning to Danbury when the pilot executed a controlled emergency landing due to engine trouble around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Piper PA28 aircraft ended up on the northbound side of the expressway near the junction with the Moshulu Parkway.

A mayday call by the pilot has been released.

“Mayday, 09-Juliet, we’re losing engines,” the pilot said in the mayday call, referring to the plane number N9409J. “Tower! Tower! 09-Juliet. We’re losing engine power.

Department of Transportation workers were working on the expressway when they noticed the plane coming. Crews blocked traffic and gave the plane room to land, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported Saturday

The aircraft was being piloted by Michael Schwartz, 50, of South Salem, according to fire officials. Schwartz had two female passengers in the plane with him at the time.

All of them were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at St. Barnabas Hospital.

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