A small, single-engine plane making an instructional flight declared an emergency late Friday morning and made a successful landing on the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park, officials said.
The owner of the plane said there was a flight instructor and a student pilot on board. Both were uninjured.
A photo from the scene showed the white-and-red high-wing, fixed landing gear Cessna 152 on the beach, near the water’s edge, with a marine unit and two police vehicles nearby.
There was no apparent damage.
In a statement released to Newsday, the FAA said: “A Cessna 152 made an emergency landing on the beach near Kings Park, N.Y. There were two people on board and no injuries reported.”
The plane is owned and operated by Long Island Aviators, based out of Republic Airport in East Farmingdale.
One of the company’s owners, Gregory Semendinger, told Newsday the flight had departed Republic and had made the approximately 10 minute flight to the area over Sunken Meadow, which he described as an instructional practice zone.
He said it was not immediately clear how long the plane had been in the area and said it was not immediately known what type of emergency had caused the forced landing.
There is no mention of the type of emergency in the conversation between the pilot and the control tower, according to liveatc.net, which provides air traffic control broadcasts.
State parks spokesman George Gorman said State Park police responded to the scene, not far from Nissequogue River Inlet and Nissequogue River State Park. Police said State Park police would conduct the initial investigation. The NTSB routinely investigates all aviation accidents and incidents.
The FAA registry indicates that the registration on the aircraft expired on Feb. 29, but Semendinger said it had been renewed.
The FAA said Friday it is possible the records had simply not been updated in its databank, due to the brief period of time since the expiration of the old registration documents.
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KINGS PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A small aircraft has made an emergency landing on the shoreline at Sunken Meadow State Park on Suffolk County’s north shore, according to authorities.
The Cessna 152 plane was forced to make a landing at around 10:50 a.m, according to a statement from the FAA.
Officials report the aircraft landed around 300 yards east of the parking lot, on the beach.
The plane is registered out of Farmingdale, Long Island, CBS2 reported.
It is unclear what path the aircraft was on at the time of the incident.
Two occupants are being evaluated by emergency medical personnel, authorities said.
No injuries have been reported, the FAA said.
It was not immediately known what caused the plane to go down.
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KINGS PARK - News 12 has learned a small private plane has landed at Sunken Meadow State Park.
State Park Police tell News 12 the plane landed around 11 a.m. and everyone is OK.
There is no word on what forced the plane to land.
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