A pilot touching down at a Long Island airport went a bit too far Saturday, rolling onto an East Moriches highway after a botched runway landing, authorities said.
Nedie Seidu, 30, of Manhattan, was trying to land the Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II at Lufker Airport when the plane continued off the runway and onto the nearby street, Suffolk County police said. No injuries were reported and Montauk Highway was closed after the plane came to a stop by striking a sign, damaging one wing and propeller, officials said.
Bryan Mazerall, 30, was working at Best Built Construction when he saw police flooding the highway that divides the airport from a strip mall.
“I came outside and there were cops all over the place, and then I see the plane,” he said. “It looked like a runaway plane. The airport is right across the street. They’re lucky there weren’t any cars coming. It could have been a mess.”
The plane is registered to the 2BAPILOTNYC Corp., a flight school based at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. “There is nothing I can tell you,” said a man answering the company phone Saturday before hanging up.
Mazerall and other employees at the strip mall came out to see the damaged plane on the side of the roadway after the 12:15 p.m. accident. Traffic was closed as authorities sorted out the wreck.
There was one passenger aboard, and authorities reported no injuries. The plane had taken off from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, L.I., and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, said an agency statement.