PELHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - 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 reservior. The pilot was not injured but was stranded on the sandbar for at least five hours.

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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was on the scene to investigate. Officials said the plane may have to be broken up to remove it from the reservoir.

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