Plane Skids Off Runway at Sikorsky Airport

Plane was reportedly undergoing maintenance when operator lost control.

A brake malfunction reportedly caused an airplane at Sikorsky Airport Friday to skid about 25 feet off a runway.

No one was injured in the incident called in at about 11:35 a.m., according to a post on the Stratford Fire Department's Facebook page.

Airport manager John Ricci told the Connecticut Post that the plane never left the ground and a brake malfunction caused the overshot of the runway.

Citing emergency dispatches, the Post reported that the plane was smoky before coming to a stop but was quickly extinguished.

Though it's not clear if a longer runway would have prevented today's incident, at the Stratford airport, which is owned by Bridgeport, has been a contentious topic for some years now.

"Maybe they should increase the runway length ... oh wait they been trying that for years," writes Tom Onze on the Stratford Fire Department's Facebook page.

Robert Chambers June 15, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Oh please it wasn't even on the runway that they are trying to get the overrun area put down on.
Helene E. Logan June 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Wow, they got to that "Expand the runway!!1!!11!!!111" whine faster than I would have guessed.
Robert Chambers June 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
The work needs to get done on the other runway and Main st needs to get re-routed and elevated ASAP. The road was flooded YET AGAIN this week.. no storm either, just a higher than normal tide. I use this road at least twice a day and I'm sick of having to ford the salt water or go all the way around. The Town of Stratford has pissed away way too much of my tax money to lawyers to fight this thing when it will benefit me by not having to worry about my way out of Lordship being flooded.
RMK June 16, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Extend the runway, divert the roadway around the new extension and be done with it for crying out loud.
Jezebel282 June 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Close the airport. Build revenue producing homes and businesses on the prime real estate. Increase property values. Never worry about crashing planes again. Problem solved.
lordshipres June 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM
With that kind of thinking, why not close all the roads so there won't be anymore auto accidents? The airport has been there for more years than most of you complaining have even been alive. Life doesn't offer guarantees and accidents are a fact of life. You chose to live in the area. Life is about choices.
Jezebel282 June 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I dunno. Closing all the roads doesn't seem to benefit Stratford residents very much, wouldn't you say? On the other hand, closing the airport and building homes and business seems to benefit Stratford residents a tad more than say stealing Stratford property and lowering the quality of life of families. But perhaps you don't care about Stratford residents at all? But you are correct. Life doesn't offer guarantees does it? There is certainly no gurantee that we have to suffer Bridgeport's ambition to seize more land from Stratford nor give up invaluable resources for nothing. Hmm...closing the airport seems like a better idea all around.
George E. Mulligan June 16, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Were airplane brakes sabotaged for RICCI rant? What about residents' safety? Why no Radar? Justice Dept Website describe small airports like Sikorsky & Tweed as types for DRUGS TRAFFICK. (ONLY USA PLACES never to have DRUG BUSTS?) Airport, surrounded by Stratford, where are Police to monitor? Security works only: sun up to sun down. Who monitors incoming aircraft? Turn on runway lights with 2 clicks of radio? Between Bridgeport Harbor Banana Boats & Sikorsky Airport, did Mayor Fabrizi & others get cocaine from either? Why did EPA revise ONLINE COPY of EPA Bulletin # 44? 2005 Hard copy has map of all RAYMARK WASTE SITE, which include 1 acre across from the RUNWAY which BRIDGEPORT STOLE. ONLINE COPY: EPA Bulletin # 44 doesn't have same TABLE of CONTENTS, nor MAP of POISONS containing ASBESTOS. Maybe Lordshipres lives in Lordship > maybe not > blog name proves zip. However how'd Lordship feel about Airplane crash into EMAS sending clouds of ASBESTOS skyward? Maybe Lordshipres pays for his airplane, gas, maint, & home by bringing 10-50 lbs of COKE in night runs? No security pat downs coming/going? No security @ planes? No search plane takeoff? Drop COKE? FLOAT into RIVER? BOAT wait to pick up? - Once Title is transferred to Bridgeport: expand airport driving out Lordship residents? (Pleasure Beach bridge burned) (Not fix Route 113 Tide Gates) (Desires Long Beach West) Develope: Lordship, Pleasure Beach, Long Beach West & AVCO?
Robert Chambers June 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I can't reply direct to Jezebel but the airport isn't Stratford's to close and there are federal stipulations that if the money the FAA has put in there isn't repaid you can't close it until it has. No, Closing the airport is a stupid idea. Putting homes on that area is not going to generate revenue, getting the SAEP turned up into something that can provide jobs, filling all the empty businesses in town, THAT provides revenue. Every single person in Lordship is younger than the airport, even Marcia Stewart and she's older than dirt. When I and the rest of the Lordship folk moved here (or were born here) the airport existed and we knew it. Sure there is some noise at times, it's not the smaller planes that upset folk it's the big business jets that take off at 4:00am and rattle the windows. Thankfully those are few and far between. I don't know how many people are working at the airport, I bet there's probably 400 all told, all paying taxes, and I know one of my neighbors works at the airport. There's a surtax on stuff sold at the airport that goes directly to Stratford. 2% I believe i read, so for everything sold on the field there's some money coming in. Main Street by the runways has always flooded, blame the tidal gates if you want but the road would STILL flood it would just drain faster. How about moving the road up and around this low lying area and not have to worry about tide gates ever again? Let the tides do what they want and we stay dry.
Jezebel282 June 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Mr. Chambers, "I can't reply direct to Jezebel" I think you just did. Additional investment by the FAA or anyone else in this money pit of an airport is just a waste of our federal dollars instead of our property taxes. Bridgeport hasn't paid a dime to Stratford in the whole history of the airport's existence. It is simply a burden on every single Stratford taxpayer and will continue to be so as long as it exists. Closing it seems like a very viable option. If you actually sat down and thought about it (which few have ever done) the best utilization of that parcel is definitely not as an airport. Lot's of businesses come and go over decades. The fact that Bridgeport has held onto Stratford property for decades doesn't guarantee that it should continue in perpetuity. After all, you said yourself, "Life holds no guarantees." "There's a surtax on stuff sold at the airport" As opposed to taxes on capital equipment of a dozens of businesses or property taxes on dozens and dozens of valuable homes? Not to mention the improvements and increased value of homes in both Districts 1&2? I'll take that trade any day. If we have to consider options, closing the airport seems like a pretty viable one to me.
Robert Chambers June 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I didn't say life held no guarantees, but anyway... I heard the plane was not flying, it was having a post maintenance brake check - which I suppose revealed that more work was needed. The plane wasn't damaged nor was anyone injured so it wasn't a length of runway thing it was a mechanical thing. Despite having runways, that's basically an open area, with views from one side to the other with very little interference. Putting houses on that would just finish up the urban sprawl. No I'd fight having the airport close with every fiber of my being. I don't want to live in the Bronx thank you. George, WHERE is the asbestos you claim the EMAS will produce? EMAS is concrete with air bubbles inside it there's no asbestos unless it's raymark waste under the ground in which case it's not coming out. Your whole section on security is nutty, sorry George... Do YOU get patted down when you drive down the road? do you get patted down when you get on Metro North? it's the 4th amendment, we have a RIGHT to be secure in our person and possessions. IF the police had reasonable articulable suspicion that a crime has/is/is about to happen they can detain - if not, they have NO right to search anything, none at all. Anyone that allows these random stop and searches needs to go back and read the bill of rights.
Jezebel282 June 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
"Life doesn't offer guarantees" Close enough. Urban sprawl? The Bronx? Where did THAT come from? Every fiber of your being sounds like you have more than a passing interest in Bridgeport's success. My interest is the benefit of Stratford residents and taxpayers.
Robert Chambers June 16, 2012 at 05:07 PM
You confused me with Lordshipres he/she said the thing about guarantees not me. Stratford is overbuilt, until you get up in the North end it doesn't start opening up. It's nice to have a break with some open spaces between Lordship and the rest of the town. Even if the airport closed down that land shouldn't be loaded up with condo's and houses. I have more than a passing interest in not clogging up the South end of town with tons more houses. I'm a Stratford resident and a taxpayer and I'm more interested in my tax money going to things that benefit me than to lawyers fighting a battle over the moving of a piece of road. You sound like you have more than a passing interest in being anti-everything that doesn't benefit you. Do you live in Lordship? have you had to drive around because the road is flooded?
George E. Mulligan June 17, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Robert, EPA BULLETIN # 44 HARD COPY has a MAP showing the land across from the RUNWAY contains RAYMARK WASTE. It is referenced on the HARD COPY Table of contents. The ONLINE COPY of EPA Bulletin # 44 does NOT have the MAP of all of the properties with RAYMARK WASTE. (like across from the runway) Hence it is NOT in the Table of contents. Where can you get a copy or copies of the Hard Copy of 2005 EPA Bulletin # 44? The Stratford Health Department and EPA have tons of them. Listed on the Bulletin - I know the phone #s are good & pretty sure on email murphy.jim@epamail.epa.gov (617) 918-1028 jennings.ron@epa.gov (617) 918-1242 ronald.curran@ct.gov (860) 424-3764
George E. Mulligan June 17, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Mr. Chambers: I'm more interested in my tax money going to things that benefit me than to lawyers fighting a battle over the moving of a piece of road. It's my belief there exists a Regionalization plan for the lawyers, inner party, developers, party hacks, government managers dependent on party appointments and government treasury to create massive economy to scale development. Mr Chambers, google view Bridgeport east end from Remington Woods to GE Boston Av to GE & Remington factories along the East End to the Harbor to Pleasure Beach and the Airport with AVCO. Pending is development across the water above Long Beach West by the Stratford Development, who owns much of Lordship Boulevard. They want to drive out LORDSHIP RESIDENTS to develope PLEASURE BEACH, LONG BEACH WEST, LORDSHIP, AIRPORT, AVCO, and the HOUSATONIC RIVER - FERRY Boulevard Corridor with ASHCROFT / DRESSER + PW land & FROG POND. Then there is the RAIL ROAD DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER with KEATING FORD as an out liner. They want to have eminent domain for your property and mine. They drove up property taxes, drove businesses out of town, and are driving down property values. I believe the June 11 Redevelopment ordinance circumvents the BID PROCESS, same as the FIRE TRUCKS. You may believe me, based on past posts, where I'll be decried as nutty by those who are EMBEZZELERS, in my opinion. Now to address my above nutty post.
George E. Mulligan June 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
George, WHERE is the asbestos you claim the EMAS will produce? EMAS is concrete with air bubbles inside it there's no asbestos unless it's raymark waste under the ground in which case it's not coming out. ADDRESSED ABOVE: Your whole section on security is nutty, sorry George. ADDED INSULTS WERE GRATUITOUS, YET UNDERSTANDABLE. "4 Winds" nightclub was Gambino owned property on the AIRPORT during the height of the COCAINE YEARS, not completely abated. OLD MAFIA, during the EISENHOWER YEARS, didn't traffic COKE. The USA COKE use was well under 5 % of adults in the 1950s. Justice Dept website specifically mentions as prime potential drug airports: Sikorsky & Tweed - and also they never had drug busts. Pilots who've flown Sikorsky have told me they've been offered money to bring in Drugs. Milford & Stratford residents along the Housatonic and fishermen have told me about planes on approach who drop packages into the river & there are awaiting boats. I've spoken & have been friends with Air Traffic Controllers & Security. RADAR can be installed as a piggy back with in/out DATA LINE, desk, chair, RADAR screen from various DOPPLER, for under $ 2000. MOSTLY HEARSAY! Bridgeport police are responsible for the Airport, not Stratford Police. Security people don't work 24/7/365 as of a few years ago. Several Lordship & Stratford residents work at the airport. What seems nutty to you is my cramming disparate facts with poor grammar
Robert Chambers June 17, 2012 at 02:44 AM
George, I admire your commitment to the causes you find worthy, your statement at the town hall was a Stratford version of the Tiannamen square tank stand-off. You ran for mayor because you believed you could do some good and I applauded your guts to get into that kind of a hassle. So I'm not one to say "George Mulligan is nuts" - no sir, I may not agree with everything you write, but if you believe it then I'll stand behind your right to say it. Who knows, you may well be right, just way ahead of your time and what you say now will come to pass and folks will say "That George was right!" The nutty part I was referring to was the expectation that planes coming into and out of Bridgeport should be screened to the depth that the disgusting TSA subjects anyone that wishes to travel by commercial airlines... I'm dead against it, I think the TSA should be disbanded and the folks that did the groping go back to McDonalds or wherever they came from. This country was not a nation of cowards and I don't see any reason to let it become one under some nebulous threat of terrorism. No sir...
Jezebel282 June 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
"You confused me with Lordshipres" My apologies. You are correct in that Stratford is 95+% developed. I am opened to suggestions about how to grow the tax base and lower everyone's property tax despite this "open space" being controlled by another city. Of course some people like to look at fences, hangers, fuel tanks, and parked planes and trucks in their "open space". I myself prefer well kept homes, lawns and tree-lined streets. To each his own. The road gets flooded because the City of Bridgeport and the State of Connecticut will not fix the flooding problem. It was certainly not always so. Could it be just a little added fuel in the battle? But it remains an annoyance and not a permanent downgrade of two entire neighborhoods like an expanded airport would be. I am not anti-everything. I am "anti" whatever harms the quality of life and assets of Stratford residents. Expanding this airport would absolutely do both.


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