Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Cessna 150L, N5390Q: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 in Hempstead, Nassau County, New York

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

Aircraft experienced engine problems and landed on a beach.


Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N5390Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A small plane made an emergency landing on a beach in Point Lookout Monday. 

Pilot Robert Lutz says he was flying his small plane back from Bay Bridge Airport in Maryland to MacArthur Airport in Islip when the plane lost power. He says he radioed for help and was advised to touch down on Ocean Parkway, but instead he decided to land the plane on the beach in Point Lookout. 

"I said no, I'm going to the beach. Picked out a nice spot. I knew it would be unpopulated. I knew the sand was kind of firm," Lutz says. 

First responders arrived to the scene just after 2 p.m. and took the plane off the beach and onto a parking lot. "We're lucky that it wasn't a summer day and the beach wasn't packed,” says Chief Jared Siegelman.

Lutz owns Gyro Revolution, a flight center at MacArthur Airport. He says that he and his girlfriend weren’t hurt in the landing, and he was confident he'd be able to safely land the plane. He says, "I’ve been flying since 1994, when I was 13. We train for this." 

The fire chief says once the Federal Aviation Administration is done with their investigation, the plane will be towed from the beach parking lot.

Story and video ➤ http://longisland.news12.com

A small plane made an emergency landing at Civic Beach in Point Lookout on Monday afternoon.

Multiple fire, police and emergency crews were on the scene. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the incident, a Cessna 150 made an emergency landing on the beach in Point Lookout, nine miles east-southeast of John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 2:20 p.m.

The airplane's pilot, Robert Lutz, told News12 that he was flying his plane back from Bay Bridge Airport, in Stevensville, MD, and was heading to Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip when he lost power and radioed for help. He added that picked the beach as a landing site because he knew it was unpopulated and the sand would be firm. Neither Lutz or his girlfriend, who was a passenger on the plane, were injured.

"The aircraft reportedly experienced an engine-related problem," an FAA spokesman said. "There were two people aboard."

“It was a perfect landing,” said Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department Commissioner Chas Thompson. “It was an emergency landing … the plane lost power.”

Thompson, who was on the scene, told the Herald that no injuries had been reported.

“He made a great landing,” Thompson said, adding that the pilot was able to avoid the water and put the single-engine plane down on the sand.

Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department Chief Jared Siegelman said that the plane was moved to Town Park at Point Lookout, where the FAA and a recovery company will tow it to an airport.

"Anywhere on the barrier island, you don't see a plane go down," Siegelman said. "Thank god he was an experienced pilot and no one got hurt."

Original article can be found here  ➤ http://www.liherald.com

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