FAA to require weekly map checks after fatal LI plane crash
A deadly plane crash on Long Island in 2015 has prompted the FAA to make changes.
As News 12 has reported, pilot Joseph Milo, of Westhampton Beach, experienced engine trouble during a flight to New Jersey. An air traffic controller directed Milo to Grumman-Bethpage Airport. However, the strip had been shut down for more than 30 years and Milo could not land.
Milo ended up crashing into a Long Island Rail Road crossing in Hicksville and was killed.
According to the NTSB's investigation into the crash, the FAA did not require periodic reviews and validation of the maps at the time of the crash. They also did not have any procedure to ensure non-operational airports were removed from maps systemwide.
In a statement to News 12, FAA spokesman Jim Peters says, "The FAA changed its procedures to ensure that all closed airports are removed from air traffic control radar video maps."
He also says the "system is updated weekly to identify inaccurate airport data."