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Crash on the Grand Central — expect delays

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:30 am

Did you ever wonder what would happen if a plane crash-landed onto the Grand Central Parkway? It happened 76 years ago, when Joseph A. Enright, 24, of 428 Bleecker St., Brooklyn took off from Flushing Airport and his plane’s motor failed.

The western half of the parkway, running from the Triborough Bridge to the Kew Gardens Interchange, was only a year old when Enright turned a section of it into an impromptu runway.

At 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 1937, Enright made a hard landing onto the parkway, hitting the rear of a Ford driven by Dr. Alexander Sved of Manhattan. Despite the damage to both the plane and the car, Enright and Sved were unhurt. If such a thing were to happen today, we might not be so lucky. Enright was flying a small, light plane.

Enright faded into obscurity after the incident, and it has largely been forgotten. He and Sved both died in 1969.

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1 comment:

  • NY2AZ posted at 11:40 am on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

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    In the '90's I was fortunate enough to live in the Alley Pond Co-op. I recall that one Sunday afternoon in 1995(?) many emergency vehicles converged on Union Tpke & the GCP. I couldn't see much from the living room window so I tuned my radio to News Radio 88 which informed me that a light aircraft had crash landed on the Cleraview Expressway at the GCP/Union Tpke/Clearview junction. The pilot had wa;lked away & no injuries were reported but it really interupted a quiet Sunday afternoon in my Bayside neighborhood.