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Emergency landing snarls traffic on Major Deegan Expressway

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A small plane, which made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of the Major Deegan Expressway shortly after 3 p.m. on Jan. 4, was towed to a parking lot just south of the Van Cortlandt Park golf course nearly three hours later.

A small single engine airplane made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway this afternoon, shortly after 3 p.m. north of the Mosholu Parkway intersection. It appears that its three passengers were not seriously injured.

The plane, a Piper Cherokee, reportedly left from Danbury, Connecticut for a sightseeing tour around the Statue of Liberty. When it experienced difficulty it landed on the northbound side of the highway, bringing traffic to a halt.

At this time, the northbound expressway is still closed between Mosholu Parkway and E. 233rd Street. Southbound lanes are open, but backed up north of the crash.

Police are diverting cars and trucks from the expressway and local streets, including Van Cortlandt Park South and Broadway are also snarled with traffic.

If you were an eyewitness to the landing our involved in the traffic tie up, please e-mail newsroom@riverdalepress.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or call 718 543 6065 to share your story.

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