SHOREHAM, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — Queens Assemblyman Clyde Vanel made an emergency landing in a small, single-engine plane on a Long Island Beach Friday.
Vanel said the Beechcraft plane’s engine failed, and he was forced to bring the plane down at a small beach in Shoreham.
“This afternoon, I went out to practice maneuvers in my airplane. Unfortunately, the aircraft experienced engine failure,” wrote Vanel on Facebook. As per my training, I landed the airplane at the nearest safe location, while attempting to minimize damage to persons or property. I am thankful that I was able to walk away without injury. The FAA’s training on emergency procedures works. For all my fellow pilots, follow the emergency procedures — it will save your life.”
The assemblyman told CBS New York he took off from Brookhaven Airport in Shirley around 2 p.m.
"Of course I was panicked. I didn't understand what was going on with the engine," Vanel told the station. "The best place for me to land was a small area that had beach that wasn't around people, that wasn't around stuff."
Vanel graduated from aviation school and has spent years flying. He reportedly suffered a small cut under his chin, but was otherwise unharmed.
The aircraft was damaged, but no one else was hurt in the crash.
The FAA will investigate the incident.