Officials investigate after plane makes emergency landing on Quabbin Reservoir

PELHAM, MA (WHDH) – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a plane made an emergency landing on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir on Tuesday.

The pilot is from Newport, Rhode Island and said he was flying to Vermont to be with family.

According to Massachusetts State Police, he was able to land on a sandbar in the northern part of the reservoir.

The pilot was not injured but was stranded on the sandbar for at least five hours.

“I’m exhausted right now, I haven’t had a drink or anything, no water, nothing, I’m just exhausted,” he said.

The 42-year-old pilot said he is thankful to be going home uninjured.

Planes are not supposed to land in the Quabbin Reservoir or fly below 1,200 feet when passing over it. The pilot told State Police he was having engine troubles and had to make the emergency landing.

The Quabbin Reservoir supplies water to much of eastern Massachusetts.

State Police said there are no environmental concerns from the incident.

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