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Sea Plane Makes 'Hard Landing' In East River, Passengers Removed

A sea plane that left East Hampton Airport ended up landing in the East River near 23rd Street on Friday afternoon. Seven people were removed from the plane.

Among the passengers was Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, "Wild day. Daughter and all ok. First plane crash. Thanks NYC emergency folks." He also Instagrammed images from the plane and while waiting on the aircraft's pontoons:

Just landing in the east river. No big deal. #Baller

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Daughter is much more casual.

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For real, sea plane didn't go great. #Allgood

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He pointed out the disabled in the river, "Our sea plane. Going to go drink tequila continuously."

Our sea plane. Going to go drink tequila continuously. #Lucky

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The plane was apparently headed to East Hampton; DNAinfo reports, "The plane, which only made it a few feet into the air, quickly turned around and landed back in the river near East 23rd Street. "

The plane was reportedly supposed to land at Skyports Marina.

FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said, "New York City officials are reporting that seaplane went into the East River when a pontoon broke causing the plane to list to the left. They are towing it to the East 23 Street seaport. All on board were rescued and are safe according to the city."

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