Father, daughter survive plane crash after deploying aircraft parachute in Hauppauge: FAA

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HAUPPAUGE, Long Island — A plane parachuted to safety when it made an emergency landing because of an engine-related problem on Saturday.

A Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed in a grassy field near 224 Marcus Blvd at 3:10 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The pilot was planning to land at the Republic Airport in Farmingdale when the plane started to experience engine-related issues. They were eight miles away from the airport, the FAA said.

The pilot, Louis Obergh, deployed the plane's parachute and it glided them to safety.

The pilot and the daughter suffered a few abrasions and refused medical attention at the scene. The two were returning to Long Island after looking at colleges in Rhode Island. The father's action saved both their lives.

"It's a miracle when you see how it landed on the grass by the flagpole and the building and no one was hurt," Howard Cohen , an employee in a nearby company, told PIX11 News.

Cohen was working in the same industrial park aircraft safely and softly landed on the front lawn of the Pall Corporation, with its parachute ever-so-gracefully draped over part of the brick building.

"It was a unique situation," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said at at a news conference.  "At about  1,500 feet, the pilot deployed the parachute and the plane landed here."

Since The injuries are minor, Suffolk county police expect the FAA's investigation to be wrapped quickly, perhaps within the next 24 hours.