Mon, Aug 20, 2007
Decision Comes Seven Weeks After Fatal Accident
On Saturday, the FAA approved a land-use plan for the relocation
of the Conway, AR airport, seven weeks following a fatal plane
crash in a nearby residential area.
As ANN reported, the
71-year-old pilot landed long and attempted to execute a go-around
in his Citation 500, which resulted in the aircraft hitting a home
off the end of the runway. Both he and his female passenger were
lost in the overrun accident.
The FAA sent an email to Mayor Tab Townsell, saying it had
approved the plan for the proposed relocation site in the Lollie
Bottoms area, to the southwest of town.
According to The Northwest Arkansas Morning News, FAA
officials were originally concerned that ducks and geese in the
area could be harmed if an airport was built in that location.
Officials say those concerns have been addressed in the approved
"We have addressed the waterfowl and bird issue with this
land-use plan that was presented to them so they are satisfied that
we have adequately addressed the issues brought up regarding the
waterfowl and birds in the area," said Conway City Engineer Ronnie
Conway's current airport is in the center of town near a
residential and business area. According to the paper, Mayor
Townsell said he thought the crash sped up the FAA's consideration
of the land-use plan.
"It's a political world," said Townsell. "I would have to
believe that kind of upped the ante and elevated the stakes, and
these guys knew they had to make a decision and move the
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