Pilot OK after crash at Robert Moses State Park

(AP) - An 89-year-old pilot who made a dicey crashlanding in the dunes of a Long Island beach is nursing cuts andscrapes, but is otherwise fine a day after his close call.

Stefan Cavallo, of Westhampton Beach, steered his crippledCessna away from throngs of bathers yesterday at Robert Moses StatePark and made a rough touchdown in the sand behind a boardwalkafter his engine malfunctioned over the ocean.

The small plane suffered light damage as it bounced to a halt onits belly, but Cavallo was able to walk away with assistance fromonlookers.

Cavallo was a government test pilot during World War II.

He was headed home from an airport in Easton, Md. when hereported engine trouble at around 5:20 p.m.

Cavallo was treated at an area hospital after the crash.

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