Thursday, April 07, 2011

Pilot just wanted to go to the beach

New York - He just wanted to go to the beach! Joyriding pilot Jason Maloney made every loopy, bizarre excuse in the book to air-traffic controllers to justify setting down his single-engine Piper in shallow water off the Rockaways shoreline — while dodging giant passenger jetliners taking off from Kennedy Airport in the process. In the oddball transmissions, Maloney, 24, claimed he landed because he had a sick passenger or because his engine was “a little teeeensy bit rough” — although he made a series of seemingly implausible excuses to land on the sand. “This might be crazy,” Maloney radioed a few minutes later. “But are we allowed to land on the beach?” “I don’t think so, unless it was an emergency,” the controller answered.  More…  

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