NTSB to investigate after plane lands on Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx

Schwartz steered the plane onto the northbound expressway after reportedly experiencing engine problems. (1/5/14)

THE BRONX - One day after a small plane landed on the Major Deegan Expressway, the FAA has now handed over its investigation to the NTSB.

The plane made a forced landing late Saturday afternoon on the northbound side of the Major Deegan after taking a sightseeing trip to the Statue of Liberty.

There were three people on the plane: pilot Michael Schwartz and two female passengers. They were taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital with minor injuries, and all three have since been treated and released.

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The FAA said it was investigating, but said the National Transportation Safety Board would take over the investigation if it was determined the aircraft sustained a significant amount of damage.

FAA officials say the plane made the emergency landing due to engine trouble.

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