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Mar 18, 2015 6:32 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Small Aircraft Makes Hard Landing At East Hampton Airport, Runway Reopened

Mar 20, 2015 10:32 AM

UPDATE, THURSDAY, 12:30 P.M.:

Mr. Charlton said he reopened the runway at 8:59 p.m. on Wednesday night after the airplane was taken back to its hanger. He said FAA officials allowed him to make the decision to reopen the airport’s only operating runway.

When he heard the news of the crash on Wednesday, Mr. Charlton said he acted quickly.

"This is my first plane crash since I took over, and I was literally in Oakdale, in class, as it happened," he said. "I had to make sure no one was hurt. That was my main concern."

Mr. Charlton attends the Dowling School of Aviation for aviation management and had to drive from Oakdale to report to the scene.

The FAA is still investigating the accident.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Beechcraft Baron BE 58, a twin engine piston aircraft, made a hard landing at East Hampton Airport at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Jemille Charlton, the airport manager.

There were no injuries reported but the plane was damaged. Mr. Charlton said he doesn't know to what extent the plane was damaged.

East Hampton Town Police said the pilot is David Bulgin of Sag Harbor.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft's left main gear collapsed after it landed on Runway 10-28.

The FAA will investigate the scene Thursday morning, as is standard procedure for hard landings. Mr. Charlton said that if there had been injuries, the FAA would have come out immediately and would have cordoned off the area.

Mr. Charlton said the runway seemed to be in fine condition, but the FAA has to do its investigation and give East Hampton Airport permission to open up once again.

The plane was towed to a hanger on Wednesday night by Keith Grimes Inc. of East Hampton.

The FAA could not comment further on Wednesday.

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So glad to hear everyone was safe and unhurt! There was a strong gusty NW crosswind today making landing on Rwy 10-28 difficult and ripe for unexpected excessive side load on a landing gear. Too bad Rwy 16-34 is in such disrepair it couldn't be used. If the town board would have simply performed the repairs they have been promising since 2010 (and local pilots have been begging for), this accident may have been avoided. Fortunately just the plane was injured. This time.
By localEH (407), East Hampton on Mar 19, 15 12:07 AM
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I am so tired of these pilots blaming the current town board for what their puppet Standzione and his puppeteer Wilkinson did for two terms---allowing airport repairs to lag while they argued about a deer fence, then a control tower, and on and on....all so they could justify asking formore FAA money. the game is up guys....you lost the election.
The rest of the EHAA crowd should get over it too, there is no more free ride. those two will not be back, what happend under their watch will ...more
By Trish (91), Sag Harbor on Mar 19, 15 2:21 PM
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