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Plane Lands in Median of Sunrise Highway

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Crash occurred on Sunrise Highway, near exit 61 in East Moriches on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

East Moriches, NY - July 10, 2014 - Suffolk County Police responded to a call regarding a plane that landed in the median of Sunrise Highway in East Moriches this afternoon.
 
A single-engine ultralight Challenger plane took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches at approximately 1:30 p.m. and one minute after takeoff, the plane experienced engine trouble.
 
The pilot, Frank Fierro, attempted to return to the airport, however, he realized the plane would not make it back and decided to land on the median of Sunrise Highway near exit 61.  
 
Highway Patrol and Seventh Precinct officers assisted airport personnel to tow the plane back to the airport. There were no injuries and no damage to the plane.
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