Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on NYC Interstate

City officials close down the Major Deegan Expressway

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Rescue workers are seen around a small plane that landed on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, New York, Jan 4, 2013.

Updated 7:25 PM ET

A small plane that was returning to Connecticut following a tour of the Statue of Liberty made an emergency landing on a major interstate highway near in the New York City Bronx borough.

Authorities confirmed the plane touched down Saturday afternoon on the Major Deegan Expressway near East 233rd Street, the Associated Press reports.

The FAA said that there were three people on board the Piper PA-28 and were taken to a hospital. Officials said that the passengers didn’t appear seriously hurt.

According to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plane was en route to Danbury, Conn., when it encountered engine trouble. He also added there was no gas leak or a fire.

City officials and emergency responders closed off the highway and were on the scene. The plane later had been removed and the highway was opened again.