Upstate New York Pilot Worries About Being Rear-Ended
Like all of us, Bruce Matrisciani
has his share of safety concerns when flying. But the 46-year old
Slate Hill (NY) pilot never really considered being hit by a car as
one of them.
Tuesday, Matrisciani was flying his Cessna 172 near the
Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott (NY) when his engine began to fail.
Realizing he wouldn't make the runway, Matrisciani took the only
option he saw available. The low road. He put the plane down on
State Route 17.
"I kept it off the highway as long as I could," he told the
Press & Sun Tribune in Binghamtom (NY). "My biggest
concern was getting rear-ended."
Vestal (NY) police and firefighters showed up at the landing
site, as did state police. Mastriciani, however, suffered no
injuries. Emergency crews closed one lane of traffic after he
Now comes the hard part. Police say they'll have to disassemble
Mastriciani's Cessna and truck it out. Still, the pilot was pretty
upbeat, considering the dangerous landing and the time and expense
of taking the 172 apart to get it off the highway median.
"What are you going to do? I'm alive," he said. "I'll go see my
kids. I'll fly again."
FAA Preliminary Accident Report
Make/Model: C172 Description: 172,
P172, R172, Skyhawk, Hawk XP, Cutla
Date: 10/07/2003 Time: 1715
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
State: NY Country: US
ACFT MADE A FORCED LANDING ON THE MEDIAN ON ROUTE 17 IN
VESTAL, NY FOR
UNKNOWN REASONS. THE PILOT, SOLE OCCUPANT, WAS NOT INJURED
AND NO DAMAGE TO
THE ACFT WAS REPORTED. VESTAL, NY.
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0
Fat: 0 Ser:
Fat: 0 Ser:
Activity: Pleasure Phase:
Unknown Operation: General
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont: UNKN
FAA FSDO: ROCHESTER, NY
Entry date: 10/08/2003