Federal authorities are investigating the crash landing of a homemade helicopter on a sod farm in Aquebogue that injured the 71-year-old pilot over the weekend, authorities said.

Erwin Rodger of Mattituck was flying his Mosquito ultralight helicopter when he had a mechanical issue and needed to make an emergency landing near Vineyard Way shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, Riverhead Town Police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will be investigating the incident.

Rodger was taken to the Peconic Bay Medical Center by for medical evaluation.

The helicopter, a kit that Rodger put together, had no room for passengers.


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