Pilot unharmed after small plane makes emergency landing at Robert Moses State Park

BABYLON - A small plane made an emergency landing on the Robert Moses Causeway near Field 4 this morning, and the pilot walked away without any injuries.

The single-engine Cessna took off from MacArthur Airport at around 7:50 a.m. The pilot, 69-year-old Boaz Eidelberg, of Smithtown, tells News 12 that he encountered engine problems as he flew over Robert Moses State Park.

Eidelberg says he's familiar with the area and was able to land safely and quickly. He says he was in constant contact with officials at MacArthur as he sought out a place to land. Emergency vehicles were on the ground waiting to help as he maneuvered the plane onto the two-lane roadway.

George Gorman, deputy regional director for the state Office of Parks, says it was a miracle that no one was injured and that Eidelberg was able to avoid cars and pedestrians, particularly on a sunny summer beach day.

The plane will be dismantled, put on a flatbed truck and taken to a hangar, where the FAA will examine the plane as part of its investigation into the incident.

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