Shirley residents say stunt pilot flies too close for comfort

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Some Shirley residents say a stunt pilot is making the skies above their homes a dangerous place.

"He's doing hammerheads, he's nosediving, he goes straight up, he cuts his engine, and then just drops down," Jaclyn Hartman, of Shirley.

The Extra 300 stunt aircraft takes off and lands at Brookhaven Airport. Neighbors say they've complained to the airport to no avail.

Resident Andrea Bustamante says the plane comes too close for comfort.

"He can end up in one of our homes, in one of our yards," she says.

"The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing concerns expressed by Brookhaven residents about aerobatic aircraft flights over their area," the FAA told News 12 in a statement. "Safety is the FAA's highest priority, and the agency routinely reviews concerns brought to us by the general public."

The FAA says it is continuing to monitor complaints about the stunt plane.

News 12 also tried to reach out to the pilot, whose name is Jeffery Petrocelli, but he did not respond to requests for comment.

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