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Man found dead in vehicle parked on Middle Village street

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com


A 25-year-old Middle Village man was found dead inside a parked vehicle in his neighborhood Friday morning, according to police.

Officers responding to a call of an unconscious male inside a parked car at 8:50 a.m. discovered the man, identified as James Hanrahan, in the vehicle, which was located on 77th Street near Penelope Avenue in Middle Village, authorities said.

EMS units pronounced Hanrahan dead at the scene.

No signs of trauma to the body were found. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is currently ongoing, officials said.


Flight crew tells investigators runway appeared ‘all white’ before LaGuardia skidding incident

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of FDNY

Flight crew from the Delta plane that skidded of a LaGuardia runway last week and struck a fence told investigators that the runway appeared “all white” just before landing and the plane did not seem to slow down properly.

The auto brakes were set to “max” but the pilots said they did not sense any “wheel brake deceleration” and the automatic spoilers, which are supposed to help slow down the plane, did not deploy properly, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Monday.

As a result, the captain was unable to prevent the plane from veering left and slamming into a fence on the edge of Flushing Bay.

According to the report, the plane veered off Runway 13 about 3,000 feet from the approach end of the runway. About 4,100 feet from the approach end of the runway, the plane’s left wing struck the airport’s perimeter fence, and then around 5,000 feet from the approach end of the runway, the aircraft came to rest with its nose on an embankment.

All 127 passengers and five crew members had to be evacuated from the plane following the Thursday morning accident involving Flight 1086 from Atlanta. Twenty-three people received minor injuries and five people were taken to the hospital, officials said.

The incident also significantly damaged the plane, including its left wing, nose gear, main electronics bay and underside of its fuselage from the front of the aircraft all the way to back to the left front passenger door, according to the report. Officials also reported a fuel leak from the jet that was quickly brought under control.

The report also revealed more about the plane, which has had 71,195.54 flight hours and 54,865 flight cycles since Delta took delivery of it in December 1987.

Its last major maintenance visit took place on September 22, which was part of the plane’s regularly scheduled maintenance program, and included tests of the auto brake, anti-skid and auto spoiler systems. The last overnight service check was completed on March 2.

At a press briefing following the crash, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye said the two planes that landed before Flight 1086 reported “good braking action,” and that the runway was plowed shortly ahead of the accident.

The report from the NTSB said that Flight 1086 based its decision to land on these reports of “good braking action” from air traffic control.

In the coming days, NTSB is planning on interviewing the flight crew of the Delta plane that landed three minutes prior on the same runway and examining its flight data recorder.

Following a preliminary reading of its flight data recorder, the NTSB will read out Flight 1086’s quick access data recorder on Tuesday and a meteorologist is examining weather conditions at the time of the accident.


Liu in FBI cross hairs

| jlane@queenscourier.com

The Round Up

Liu in FBI cross hairs

A federal probe into the campaign fund-raising operations for city Comptroller John Liu is now focused on the candidate himself, The Post has learned. “If campaign-finance rules are being circumvented or violated, there’s certainly a question whether the candidate himself knew about it or was a party to it,” one law-enforcement source said. “Did [Liu] know, and what was his role?” The FBI last month charged Liu moneyman Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan with steering $16,000 to Liu’s campaign through “straw donors” to hide massive contributions made on behalf of an out-of-state businessman who actually was an undercover federal agent. Read More: New York Post

New York bars ready for Jets-Giants game

It’s on! Football fans will pack bars around the city to watch the Jets-Giants battle at the Meadowlands tomorrow — and the watering holes are breaking out all the bells and whistles for the pre-Christmas crowds. Special drinks, free booze and lavish spreads will be at the ready for the throngs expected to take a break from their holiday shopping to root for their teams. Read More: New York Post

Santa brings early holiday joy to kids at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children 

Santa made an early visit to the kids at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside last week with the help of New York’s Bravest. Firefighters from Engine 320/Ladder 167 used their rig to help Santa descend from the roof and visit with dozens of children who are battling serious illnesses. Continuing a tradition started over 15 years ago, the firefighters also brought a van-load of gifts that ranged from toys and dolls to cameras, radios and electronic games. Read More: Daily News

2011 Crime Statistics Show Slight Decrease In Murders

The New York City Police Department’s data show major crimes like murder, rape, and robbery are up by .2 percent through December 18 this year compared to the same period last year. There have been 519 murders this year through December 18, a drop of 5.6 percent compared to almost the same time period last year. The Bronx was the only borough to see a slight increase in murders. Read More: NY1

Police Seek Suspect Who Allegedly Robbed Queens Livery Driver

Police need help finding the person who they say robbed a livery cab driver Saturday morning near 93rd Avenue and 112th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens. They say the man seen in the above photographs placed the 59-year-old cab driver in a headlock, causing the victim to crash into a fence. Investigators say he then stole money from the victim’s bag and ran off. He is described as approximately 25-years-old, 5-feet-7-inches tall, and 170 pounds. Read More: NY1

Fatal Accident on the Belt Parkway

| tcimino@queenscourier.com

On Saturday, December, 17 2011 at 0420 hours, police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of the Belt Parkway and 116th Street, located within the confines of the 106 Precinct.  Upon arrival, responding officers determined that a 2009 Toyota Corolla, operated by a M/B/26 along with 4 additional passengers, was traveling eastbound on South Conduit Avenue when it left the roadway and rolled over onto the eastbound Belt Parkway causing a F/B/21 to be ejected from the rear of the vehicle.

EMS also responded to the location and transported the F/B/21 passenger to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced DOA.

EMS also transported the operator (M/B/26) and the front passenger (M/B/24) to Jamaica Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.  The remaining passengers (F/B/25 & F/B/24) were transported to Brookdale Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

There has been no arrest(s) in regard to this incident and the investigation is ongoing.