EAST MORICHES – Sunrise Highway, near exit 61 / Thursday, July 10, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m.
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.