Posted by: Jeff Rhodes | April 7, 2011

Moron Lands on Beach

Did you see this story on the evening news last night?

Some “pilot” flying a Cherokee in NYC airspace jocks with the controller about whether he’s “allowed to land on the beach” and then feigns a minor emergency and lands on Rockaway Beach.  Then he allows the tide to come in and swamp his airplane. 

The PA-28 he was flying is probably a total loss due to the seawater and the corrosion that it will surely set off.  At a minimum, its resale value will be destroyed.  And it provides another very public spectacle that casts a bad light on general aviation. 

The Feds should throw the book at this pilot.  Flying an airplane in New Your City is deadly serious business – not for some kid on a joyride.  This guy’s tone on the ATC transcript just burns me up.  “Rogaaaa!, ” he says, over and over as if the world thinks he’s hilarious. 

I don’t know whose airplane he destroyed with his cute little stunt, but I really hope they eat him alive.


  1. Rumor has it that this was a rental aircraft…that could make for some interesting scenarios.

  2. Did you notice that the aircraft was registerd to Plane Nonsense, LLC? Some things are just too good to make up.

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