Officials said mechanical problems forced the aircraft to land in a sod farm field behind a residential neighborhood north of Vineyard Way in Aquebogue.
A Coast Guard cutter was on the water Monday looking for a 26-foot sailboat off Long Island after the boater reported Sunday it was taking on water.
Consumers in the New York area are now on alert after the Asian fruit fly that first caused millions of dollars in damage to the cherry harvest in the west has made its way east via wind currents.
This has been an especially tough growing year. The spring growing season was stunted due to cool temperatures and rain, and now a week long unrelenting burst of humid heat is taxing fields and farm stands across the East End.
Pumpkin prices were way up and farmers were counting their losses at this time last year, but picture-perfect growing weather has provided a much sunnier outlook a year later.