Small plane removed from NYC highway

Associated Press
In this photo downloaded from the New York City Fire Department’s Twitter account, firefighters stand near a light airplane that made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Fire officials say all were taken to a hospital, but there have been no immediate reports of serious injuries. (AP Photo/New York City Fire Department)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A small plane that made an emergency landing on a New York City highway has been removed and the highway has been reopened.

Emergency workers took the Piper PA-28 off the northbound lanes of the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx on a flatbed truck at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

The city's Office of Emergency Management says drivers should expect residual delays.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says the plane was headed back to a Connecticut airport after touring the Statue of Liberty when it experienced engine trouble and set down on the highway at about 3:20 p.m.

De Blasio says the pilot and two passengers aboard were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Bronx hospital.

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