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.

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.