Friday, March 11, 2016

Cessna 152, N757AD, Long Island Aviators: Incident occurrd March 11, 2016 at Sunken Meadow State Park, Suffolk County, New York

Long Island Aviators: 

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 pilot instructor and a student on board. Both were uninjured in the landing at about 10:50 a.m., police said.

George Gorman Jr., deputy regional director for the state parks department, said the pilot reported engine trouble before making the emergency landing on the shoreline on the eastern part of Sunken Meadow.

A photo from the scene showed the white-and-red high-wing, fixed tricycle 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.

Tire tracks are visible in the hard-pack sand trailing the stopped airplane.

In a statement released to Newsday, the Federal Aviation Administration 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.

There is no mention of the type of emergency in the conversation between the pilot and the control tower, according to, which provides air traffic control broadcasts. In that conversation with the tower at Republic, the pilot said: “I am east [of] Northport, I have to land on the shore or the beach.”

The tower controller acknowledges that and asks: “You are disabled, how many souls on board?”

The pilot responded: “Two on board.”

According to the transmission, at that time someone said: “Good luck, Robert!” But it is unclear if that is the controller talking to the pilot or if it’s someone else.

Following the well-wishes, a Suffolk police helicopter pilot informed the tower that his craft was above the Long Island Expressway near Route 110 — and offered to fly to the scene at Sunken Meadow to see if any assistance was necessary.

The tower controller told the police pilot: “He reported problems, then dropped off my radar.”

The controller then proceeds to give the location — four miles west of Stony Brook Hospital. The entire conversation from start to finish takes about 2 1/2 minutes. After the “good luck” call, the pilot is not heard from again in the transmission.

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 that 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.

There have been a rash of incidents involving private aircraft on Long Island during the past year, including a single-engine Cirrus SR22 that used its emergency parachute to crash-land last weekend in Hauppauge, and a ditching last month in Setauket Harbor where three aboard were safely rescued — but where one of the passengers remains missing and is presumed dead.

Story and video:

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.

Story and video:

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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