NTSB: Controller told pilot to go to closed airport

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the small plane crash on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage.

The plane went down Sunday morning on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage.

The plane went down Sunday morning on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage. (8/24/15)

BETHPAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the small plane crash on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage.

According to the report, 59-year-old pilot Joe Milo told air traffic control that he had to make an emergency landing.

Just moments before the crash, the report says the controller told him he could land at a runway at Grumman Bethpage Airport.

The Grumman-Bethpage Airport closed in 1985. According to the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary investigation, the controller knew the airport was closed but said the runway was still there.

News 12 was the first to report the details of that conversation, which the NTSB is now confirming.

The plane left West Hampton and was heading to New Jersey. The plane crashed on the LIRR crossing in Bethpage, leaving Milo dead and seriously injuring his passenger, 55-year-old Carl Giordano.  

Some aviation experts say it is the pilot's responsibility in those situations to determine where to land.

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Charles Bottitta, who lives on Hawkins Road, says 1 Brookhaven Highway Dept. accused of targeted harassment
Vote set for tonight on whether or not 2 Long Beach to vote on allowing alcohol sales at boardwalk concessions
According to police, two BMWs collided along Salisbury 3 Police: 1 person dead, 1 injured in Westbury crash
The incident happened two days before Christmas on 4 Levittown man indicted for allegedly beating dog to death
Officer Michael McNulty is in need of several 5 Community rallies around Port Washington officer hurt in line of duty

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The plane went down Sunday morning on the NTSB joins probe into deadly plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the investigation into Sunday's fatal plane crash in

One person was killed and another was injured 1 dead, 1 hurt after small plane crashes in Bethpage

One person was killed and another person was injured when a small plane crashed on

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE