Small Plane Lands on Southern State Parkway

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Small Plane Lands on Southern State Parkway

A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on the eastbound side Southern State Parkway near exit 34, located near Republic Airport in Farmingdale, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed.

“A single-engine Piper PA-28 landed on Southern State Parkway after the pilot reported engine failure while on approach to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, around 11:40 a.m. local time on Tuesday, Feb. 20,” the FAA said. “Two people were on board.”

According to audio obtained from LiveATC.net, the pilot told Air Traffic Control at approximately 11:41 a.m. that there was an engine failure and he had to make an emergency landing.

“Got an engine failure, putting it down on the highway,” the pilot said.

“If you need to go on the highway, that’s fine,” Air Traffic replied. “If you can make it to the runway, that’s good as well.”

Traffic on the parkway has been backed up for miles as a result, according to CBS.

The names of those on board have not been released yet.

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