Pilot Lands on Highway 2nd Time in Week

EAST MORICHES, N.Y. (AP) -

A New York pilot who landed his disabled plane on a highway for the second time in eight days said Friday he’s lucky to have escaped unhurt and thankful he didn’t hit anyone.

Frank Fierro, 75, said he was “shaking” as he glided the single-engine ultralight plane to a landing on Sunrise Highway, days after landing the same plane in a nearby median. He was flying the plane for the first time since the July 10 incident.

“I was hoping to stop in the same spot, but on the median there was a truck,” Fierro said. “The last thing I would want to do is hit a family in a car. A beautiful family with children stopped right behind me.”

Fierro said that despite the close calls he’ll keep flying. He cited Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a passenger jet on New York’s Hudson River after a bird struck an engine, as inspiration.