Pilot Jason Maloney landed his plane on a Rockways beach late Monday.
The airhead pilot who splashed down on a Rockaways beach Monday night landed a slew of one-liners to flight officials before his dramatic descent.
“Just let us know if we’re up in your grill,” Jason Maloney, 24, radioed to an air-traffic controller minutes before his single-propeller plane’s emergency landing, according to an audio recording of the interaction.
Maloney first asks for permission for an impromptu landing at Kennedy Airport, saying he’s on a “medical mission.”
An air-traffic controller rebuffs his request, but the pilot later follows up with another doozy.
“Hey tower, I got a question for you,” Maloney says. “This might be crazy but are we allowed to land on the beach?”
The air traffic controller tells him a public beach landing would only be allowed in an emergency.
“You know what tower?” Maloney responds cheerfully. “My engine might be running a little teensy teensy bit rough.”
“Do you require any assistance?” the concerned air traffic controller then asks.
“No,” the puzzling pilot responds. “You know what, we should be fine, but I’m gonna make a precautionary landing.”
Maloney then did just that, drawing a police response that included aviation and boats. The single-engine plane had to be towed from the surf.
“I was feeling sick. I was feeling nauseous,” Protter told the Daily News on Tuesday night.
She denied knowing why Maloney sat the plane down on the beach. “As I told the detectives and everybody, I was just focused on me. I don’t know,” Protter said.
Maloney didn’t appear intoxicated and was not tested for drugs or alcohol, police sources said. No criminal charges are expected.
Investigators are examining the plane for mechanical problems, an FAA spokesperson said.
Maloney was grounded Tuesday in his parents’ home in Cornwall, N.Y. His father barred him from speaking to reporters.
“The FAA still has to complete their investigation, so I’d rather him not talk,” said John Maloney, 58. “There was someone sick and he felt that that was the proper thing to do to get help.”
Audio courtesy of LiveATC.net
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