- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) - A small plane has made an emergency landing on a Long Island beach as beachgoers watched it glide down smoothly onto soft sand.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the two-seater’s reported an engine problem before touching down around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith Point County Park.

No injuries were reported.

Witness Frank Esposito tells Newsday the aircraft “came down nice and level,” with its engine off, a few hundred yards from beachgoers. Onlooker Brie Claire Drost tells the newspaper the plane circled over the water and a parking lot before the pilot “did a great job landing.”

FAA records show the single-engine Cessna 150 is registered to Adrien Bazelais of New York. A possible phone number for him was not accepting messages Saturday, and email messages weren’t immediately returned.


This story has been corrected to show the plane’s registered owner is Adrien Bazelais of New York, not a man in Ohio.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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