Small plane makes forced landing on busy New York highway

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NEW YORK — A small plane with engine trouble made a forced landing Saturday on a busy highway in the Bronx, leaving three people with serious injuries, authorities said.

The 1966 Piper PA-28-180 aircraft landed about 3:20 p.m near the 233rd Street exit on the Major Deegan Expressway, authorities said.

Three people were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injures, fire department spokesman Frank Dwyer said.

Images from the scene showed the small plane on the highway, surrounded by emergency vehicles and first responders.

There was no information on the number of persons on board, damage to the aircraft or traffic on the highway at the time of the landing, authorities said.

It appears the single-engine plane avoided cars, said police spokeswoman Annette Markowski.

The northbound lanes on the Major Deegan — where the plane landed — were closed, police said. Southbound lanes were still open, except for one lane devoted to emergency vehicles.

The plane is registered to a resident of Westchester County.

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