Plane makes emergency landing at Albany airport
COLONIE A single-engine plane taking off for Poughkeepsie made an emergency landing Friday evening in grass past the end of a main runway at Albany International Airport.
The two people aboard the plane walked away unhurt, airport spokesman Doug Myers said, but the main north-south runway was shut down for more than two hours until the plane was towed away. The pilot and passenger were not identified.
Myers said the Moody prop plane was taking off about 6:30 p.m. when it experienced "complete engine failure" at about 300 feet. The pilot was able to land the plane in the runway clear zone about 900 feet beyond the end of the pavement, but still on airport property short of Albany-Shaker Road.
The airport's fire and rescue crews responded, Myers said, but there was no fire, and neither person on board required medical treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified.
Myers said the runway was closed until about 8:45 p.m., but in the interim airport traffic was moved to the east-west runway.
"There were no flight delays," Myers said.