Wed, May 12, 2004
Midair Collision Was "Wake-Up Call"
As the FAA investigates a midair collision at Georgetown
Municipal Airport (TX), pilots who fly in and out of Georgetown are
pointing fingers at the city itself. They say the town had a chance
to split the costs of building a control tower 50-50 with the FAA
and failed to do so.
"It's kind of a wake up call, we feel, to the city of
Georgetown," said Texas Aviation Association President Jay
Carpenter. "That there's a certain price that needs to go for air
The price is even lower now, according to Georgetown Assistant
City Manager Tom Yantis. "Now it's a 90/10 grant. It's actually
better that we waited because the city would end up only having to
put in 10 percent of the cost of construction of the tower," he
told KXAN Television News.
The Sunday midair occurred on short final, when a Diamond DA-40
(file photo of type, above) collided with a Giles 202 (file
photo of aircraft involved, below).
"I was just fixing to land and all of a sudden he hit my left
wing and just run over me," DA-40 pilot John Middletown told
The FAA and NTSB are investigating. "Our emphasis here is not to
find or assign full blame for the accident what our emphasis here
is to trying to find out what we can do to improve safety," said
FAA investigator Gary Stamper.
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