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Pilot joyrides onto a beach in New York

Small aircraft touches down on a public beach following bizarre exchanges with JFK air traffic control.

Image: Rick Bowmer/AP/Press Association Images

A PILOT WHO badgered air traffic control into letting him land on a beach in Queens has been quizzed by officials.

As reported by the New York Post Jason Moloney made several excuses about needing to land on Rockaway Beach, from having an ill passenger to engine problems. He carried out a bizarre conversation with air traffic control at JFK airport, who became increasingly concerned about the nature of his ‘emergency’. He asked them if he could drop someone off at their airport, and then asked was he allowed to land on the beach. He also told airport officials that he had six passengers, when in fact he was carrying two.

Moloney stopped short of declaring an emergency, although air traffic control told him that landing on a public beach was an emergency.

The wannabe Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger said he got the idea for the beach landing from the TV show Flying Wild Alaska.

Listen to Moloney’s chat with air traffic control:

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