Plane makes emergency landing on New York highway

A small plane has made an emergency landing on a US interstate highway in the New York borough of The Bronx.

The single-engine Piper PA-28 touched down on the Major Deegan Expressway on Saturday afternoon after maintenance workers repairing potholes stopped traffic to leave the road clear.

None of the three on board suffered serious injury, local media say.

They say investigators are looking into the cause of the emergency – possibly a mechanical failure or fuel shortage.

The plane had taken off from the city of Danbury in Connecticut for a flight around the Statue of Liberty, according to officials.

It was said to be on its way back when it experienced engine problems.

A team of New York City Department of Transportation workers, who were mending potholes in the carriageway, stopped traffic after noticing the plane in distress, clearing the road for the emergency landing, a spokesman for the department said.

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