January 29, 2023

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Taxiing plane hits parked jet at MacArthur, no one hurt

A single-engine plane struck a parked jet while taxiing at Long Island MacArthur Airport on Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Two people were onboard the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 aircraft when it hit a Hawker jet, the FAA said.

MacArthur spokeswoman Caroline Smith said there were no injuries in the incident, which happened in a part of the Ronkonkoma airport that is separate from where large passenger airlines have hangars. Both planes were damaged, she said.

The FAA said it is investigating, and Smith said the cause has yet to be determined.

Airport fire and rescue as well as local fire departments responded, Smith said.

The FAA said the incident occurred around 8:20 a.m., but MacArthur put the time at around 7 a.m.

The Pilatus is registered to AGF Capital LLC in Glen Cove and the Hawker is registered to Wilmington, Delaware-based Skyview LLC, according to an FAA database.

Smith said in a text message that the Pilatus rents aircraft storage space from Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. Hawthorne is a “fixed base operator” at MacArthur, operating a terminal, hangar, and providing maintenance and other services, according to its website.

A person answering the phone at its Ronkonkoma office declined to comment.

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