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Aug 31, 2010 6:46 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Plane overshoots runway at Montauk Airport

Aug 31, 2010 6:46 PM

A four-seat, single-engine private airplane overshot the runway at the Montauk Airport at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to Helen Gil, airport manager.

The three people in the plane, a 1974 Grumman Traveler owned and piloted by Charles Shattuck, were shaken up but not seriously injured, but the plane was totaled after it went through a fence, crossed East Lake Drive and came to rest against a wall of motel units belonging to Rick’s Crabby Cowboy restaurant and marina about 100 feet beyond, Ms. Gil said. The left wing was sheared off, and there was other extensive damage to the plane.

“The weather was fine, but the pilot just probably landed a little long,” she said. “He tried going around the fence but realized he couldn’t make it.”

The crash wasn’t severe enough to warrant closing the airport, Ms. Gil said.

“We still have a lot of traffic coming in,” she said. “The planes coming in don’t even know what happened.”

East Hampton Town Police and the Montauk Fire Department responded to the incident. One of the passengers in the plane was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital to treat a laceration to her foot, police said. An East Hampton hazmat team also responded to clean up the fuel spill caused by the crash, police said, and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration examined the scene on Sunday.

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This report cries out for both photos and an explanation of how an event could have occurred "2:30 p.m. on Sunday" and be reported on over four hours before it is said to have happened.
By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Aug 29, 10 10:41 AM
Ahhhhh! This version makes a lot more sense.
By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Aug 29, 10 1:35 PM
Great weekend coverage here. Thank you.
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Aug 29, 10 2:15 PM
hey joe, i got your back on this one. the southampton press is a weekly print newspaper. they have never marketed themselves as an up-to-the-minute - "give us 10 minutes we'll give you the world" website. between you two vets you have 1230 comments - how 'bout you ease up a bit. while the press might not be perfect, they do a pretty good job with this website.
By HW (21), southampton on Aug 29, 10 3:22 PM
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HW, perhaps you misread my comment? I was complimenting the Press on this weekend coverage, and I concur with your comment about them doing a good job here.
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Aug 29, 10 3:27 PM
Thanks, HW...and, yes, PBR is a great supporter...

FYI to all: Some technical quirks kept this from posting yesterday--apologies. And yes, Mr. Wheeler, first version said Sunday by mistake--that was my bad. Caught it and fixed it this morning.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Aug 29, 10 8:00 PM
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Ahhh, bloody hell...
By Mr. Z (11540), North Sea on Aug 29, 10 4:07 PM
Great (super fast) response by Montauk Ambulance and Montauk Fire Department as well as Easthampton PD. Great job!!
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Aug 29, 10 7:33 PM
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How many incidents/accidents have occurred in recent history at this airport? Seems statistical significant that the airport has some fundamental issues for the average pilot.
By voter (33), Amagansett on Aug 30, 10 8:04 AM
I can only say I flew out of Montauk for many years sometimes on a daily basis as a pilot with that size runway you just no what to do. Thats what you train for. The airport does not have Issues but I think some of the pilots might. You have to touch down where you should and theirs planty of room the stop.
By Archie Jost (7), Stuart Florida on Aug 30, 10 9:34 PM
I agree. The pilot in command is responsible for checking the runway length plus many other particulars, preferably before a flight. If it is a "short field" pilots must evaluate many factors, including their own competency in adapting to the short field procedures for their planes. I recently landed at (and took off from) both Montauk and Block in a Cessna 172 after a check ride with an instructor intended to verify and refresh my short field technique. In each case I had plenty of runway to ...more
By tim (2), westhampton on Aug 31, 10 12:58 PM
Everybody makes mistakes but if you do it in an airplane and fail to deal with it people can get hurt. There's nothing especially dangerous about Montauk Airport. I guess this pilot failed to realize, or accept, or process the cues that he was either too fast, too high, or both, until way too late, maybe because he had passengers aboard and he didn't want to look bad to them by going around when he still had the speed and altitude to do it, which is an acknowledgement that he'd screwed up the approach. ...more
By PBBoody (4), Sag Harbor on Aug 31, 10 2:39 PM
He was actually a she, I believe.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Sep 5, 10 8:35 AM
I was riding my bike down East Lake Drive with my daughter when we heard the first siren. Moments later the emergency vehicles and volunteer EMT people started streaming past. By the time we reached the airport, maybe five minutes later, the emergency teams were already sorting things out.
We should all be proud and grateful to have such superb emergency services.
By Kristall Jarrett (1), Montauk on Sep 2, 10 5:46 PM
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My mther in law says that she wn't be having lunch with me again, sn.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Sep 5, 10 8:34 AM
We were eating at the Crabby Cwby when it happened.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Sep 5, 10 8:41 AM
I have t0 say, the crashing su0nd was n0t as h0rrific s0unding as an aut0 crash. We all ...including tw0 pil0ts, jumped t0 see what had just happened. It was a quiet crash.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Sep 5, 10 8:47 AM
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