MINEOLA, N.Y. – The death of a pilot who was directed to a closed airport after reporting engine trouble and crashed a quarter-mile from the nonexistent runway has prompted changes at the Federal Aviation Administration. It now performs weekly accuracy checks of its radar video maps.
The erroneous information was one of several factors blamed for the 2015 crash.
Joseph Milo, of Westhampton Beach, was killed when his single-engine aircraft hit a railroad crossing near where a Northrup Grumman runway had once existed. A passenger survived.
The FAA changed its procedures on checking maps for accuracy after the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board also said the pilot had amphetamines in his system and was slow to realize his plane had engine trouble. An attorney for Milo's family calls that a "red herring."