Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cessna P206 Super Skylane, N2608X: Incident occurred July 19, 2017 in Shirley, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

Aircraft force landed on a highway.

Date: 19-JUL-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N2608X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

YAPHANK, Long Island (WABC) -- A small plane made an emergency landing in the median of a highway on Long Island Wednesday.

The Cessna, registered to a Northport man, touched down on Sunrise Highway in Yaphank near exit 57S around 1 p.m.

The pilot was the only person on board, and no injuries were reported.

Authorities say the C206 took off from Brookhaven Airport in Shirley and was heading to Eagles Nest Airport in West Creek, New Jersey, when it suffered some sort of mechanical failure.

The pilot, Jim O'Donnell, said he had no choice but to land on the highway, avoiding stunned motorists who were no doubt avoiding him.

"It wasn't good, but here I am," he said in an exclusive interview with reporter NJ Burkett. "No bent metal."

He is being praised for the landing, which including flying over a highway sign and under an overpass.

"From what we understand, from the preliminary information, is he came in over the street sign that stretches across the westbound Sunrise Highway and was able to land in between that and the overpass," Suffolk County police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said. "And he came in under the overpass. He kind of threaded the needle there, and it looks like he did a pretty nice job under the circumstances. He didn't hit any cars, and no one got hurt."

The plane was towed down the highway to Brookhaven Airport.


  1. Please don't fly to our airport any more, OK people? We've had enough crashes, thanks.
    -Residents of Eagleswood/West Creek NJ

    1. Go f*** yourself, or move away from Eagles Nest.

  2. Please don't visit this aviation blog anymore, okay pissant? And, WTF are doing here away, since you obviously have a disdain for aviation!

    Being an asshole is not against the law. If it were we'd have to erect a fence around the arrogant residents of EaglesRottenWood and inform everyone they were in custody.

  3. And Stop Eagles Nest, stop all from driving vehicles on any highways. We've had enough accidents!

  4. Ah.... "Stop Eagles Nest" . . . I see your narrative clearly indicates you believe the world revolves around your narcissistic ass. One things for sure, shows your mindlessness.

  5. Nice landing,I have a 1965 Supper Skywagon and hope I never need to land off airport.
    Io 520?