Monday, December 5, 2016

Northwest Missouri Regional Airport runway rebuild nears completion

City-owned Northwest Missouri Regional Airport west of Maryville is open for business.

As of Sunday, the rebuilt 4,600-foot runway was approved for daylight takeoffs and landings. Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland said clearance for 24-hour usage should come by the end of the week.

The airport had been closed since mid-June when crews from Ideker Construction in St. Joseph began breaking up the old runway, which was beginning to pose safety issues related to disintegrating pavement.

Not included in the rebuild was the southernmost 600 feet of the runway, which was added as an extension in 2008 along with a second taxiway.

The remainder of the 75-foot-wide airstrip, all of which has been replaced, was built in the mid-1990s.

Heiland said Ideker crews will remain on site for the next several days completing electrical work related to a new runway lighting system included as part of the repaving project.

The airport was originally scheduled to reopen in early October, but problems related to creating an adequate substrate — the packed gravel bed on which the newly poured concrete rests — pushed completion back by two months.

Total project cost of the runway rehab is just under $3.4 million, with more than 90 percent of the funding coming from a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant.

The city is responsible for a $339,000 local match, which is being financed using a Missouri Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Assistance Revolving Fund loan — a program known as STAR.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Embraer ERJ-175, Skywest on behalf of United, N161SY: Incident occurred December 04, 2016 at San Antonio International Airport (KSAT), Texas


According to the San Antonio Fire Department, an aircraft that reported an in-flight emergency on approach to San Antonio International Airport at about 2 p.m., landed and all 55 passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft.

According to department spokesman Woody Woodward, a flight radioed it was having problems with its landing gear on approach to the airport. 

The plane managed to get its gear down, but upon touchdown, the landing gear collapsed. 

Woodward said everyone in the aircraft was safely evacuated and that there was no fire. 

He reports several passengers complained of minor injuries and according to scanner chatter there may have been some sprained ankles. No serious injuries were reported,

It is still unknown what type of aircraft was involved. 

An eyewitness said lights and activity from emergency response vehicles could be seen on the far north side of the airport, near private hangars, not the main airport terminals.

Though air traffic controllers were overheard telling flights that the runways were closed during the emergency. 

About 3:30 p.m. the airport was opened back up to air traffic, according to air traffic control chatter. 


SAN ANTONIO - A plane made an emergency landing at San Antonio International Airport Sunday. The pilot declared an in-flight emergency after the plane began having issues with its landing gear, an official with San Antonio International Airport said.

One runways was closed closed to traffic while responders remained at the scene. People with flights in and out of the airport are urged to contact their airline.

A spokesman with San Antonio Fire Department said the plane landed without its landing gear and the nose of the aircraft collapsed. 

Fifty-five people were on board the plane, the official said. Only a few minor injuries were reported.

The emergency was declared just after 2 p.m. Sunday.

Nearly two dozen emergency units responded to the scene.