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Many Long Island residents live with airport in backyard

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jun 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-18 18:36:50-04

FARMINGDALE, Long Island (PIX11) — It’s not always easy living in the path of planes.

Just ask the residents of Farmingdale, Long Island. Republic Airport is in their backyard.

Janice Dacko remembers when a plane crashed into a neighbor’s house about 20 years ago.

“The plane just fell right into that roof. It was unbelievable to see the tail end of a plane hanging out of a house,” Dacko said.

Republic Airport has served Long Island for decades. Many of its planes are single-engine aircrafts.

And while day in and day out there are no problems, where there are it’s terrifying.

“It’s scary. You never know when it can happen in your own neighborhood,” Farmingdale resident Barbara Kohlroser said.

The single-engine plane that took off from Republic Tuesday morning and crashed in-between two homes in East Patchogue killed the pilot from Queens. No one on the ground was hurt.

A similar accident happened just days before in Westchester County. A small plane went down a mile from Westchester Airport. The pilot, Richard Rockefeller, of the famous Rockefeller family died.

Thomas Daly, the Associate Dean of the School of Aviation at Dowling College, said Wednesday that overall there is a very good safety record in the Tri-state area. But there is always room for improvement.

“Would I think that the general aviation side could always have a little more scrutiny? Sure. But we need people to step up a bit as well,” Daly said.

For some people, planes overhead are just part of life.

“It crosses my mind. It’s run through my mind living here as long as I have but I’m not overly concerned about it,” Farmindale resident Keith Jackowski said.