Susan Bolger of Bayside said she heard “frighteningly loud ‘explosions’ in the sky around 10:15 a.m. last Wednesday morning.” When the cannon-like booms stopped, she contacted the FAA and learned that a plane’s engine had failed.
“GoJet 6256, a CRJ7 (flying for Delta Air Lines), returned to LaGuardia Airport shortly after departure due to a contained failure of the number one engine,” a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said. “The flight landed safely and taxied to the ramp. GoJet flies as a Delta Connection carrier. No injuries were reported.”
Passengers were reaccomodated on another flight, according to a statement from Delta.
Bolger said in an email that the FAA failed to disclose where the Portland, Maine- bound plane dropped its fuel, but another Bayside resident, who lives near Bayside High School described a “prominent odor.”
The community is already furious with the FAA for changing departure procedures at LaGuardia, increasing the frequency of flights over Bayside. Some residents claim to hear planes every thirty seconds throughout the day, beginning early in the morning.
“These changes aresupposedlyintended to better manage airspace traffic and fuel costs but at what price?” Bolger said.“Judging from their actions thus far, the FAA is willing to thumb its nose at Northeast Queens when it comes to things like environmental impact, property value and quality of life, but how about our safety?
“It seems gravely foolish to believe that the FAA, airport pressure to push planes away from the gate and into the air ASAP, coupled with airlines’ aging fleets and financial woes, will have no impact whatsoever on maintenance and, ultimately, safety,” Bolger said.“On Wednesday, by God’s grace, a plane didn’t fall out of the sky into Bayside or Flushing or College Point.”
“This is just another issue that we could discuss with the FAA if we had a roundtable,” Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies said. “Safety is the number one issue on everyone’s mind.”
The FAA agreed to participate in the roundtable in March and members of Queens Quiet Skies and state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) taskforce is finalizing the bylaws and plans to have it running soon. The roundtable, which will address issues throughout Queens will include the FAA, the Port Authority, community members and elected officials.