When 24 year old pilot Jason Maloney realised one of his passengers wasn’t feeling too well he decided to take the drastic action of landing his light aircraft on a public beach in New York City. During his conversation with air traffic control you’d expect Jason to sound a bit worried or concerned about the whole situation, well turns out he was pretty relaxed about it all:
Mr. Maloney soon requested permission to cruise along the Rockaways shore and sounded quite relaxed, even uncharacteristically so by pilot standards. Twice, upon receiving authorization to fly below 500 feet along the shoreline, the pilot replied, “Roger,” but stretched it out and pronounced it, “rod-jaaah,” according to the recording. He also told the controller, who was nearby at Kennedy Airport monitoring outgoing flights, “Just let us know if we’re up in your grill, you know?”
Check the conversation here:
Image courtesy of The New York Times.