Plane Crash Update – 10/31/14

Date:   October 31, 2014

Today the Wichita Fire Department will bring a structural engineer and heavy equipment to the site of Thursday’s plane crash at the Flight Safety International building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.  There are portions of the building that must come down to ensure the safety of crews as they work to remove the four deceased victims. Three were found inside a flight simulator and one was found on the roof. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. The Sedgwick County Coroner’s Office will be the agency to release the names of the victims at a later date.

Wichita Police and Fire Department crews remain at the scene. Fire officials say crews put out a few small fires that occurred in the building overnight.  Police officers are assisting with two street closures and management of the scene. Police officials encourage drivers to continue to avoid the area.

The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a 4 p.m. media briefing today at the site.  The NTSB will be handling further media briefings on the incident.  NTSB Public Affairs Officer, Peter Knudson, can be reached at (202) 557-1350.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has footage of the crash should call 316-946-4710.

Plane Crash Update

Date:  Oct. 30, 2014 – 4:49 pm

City of Wichita officials have confirmed three of the victims from this morning’s plane crash are from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Three were found inside a flight simulator and one was found on the roof. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. Investigators are still working to notify the family members of the victims.

The victims have not been removed due to structural concerns with the building.  Earlier today, a structural engineer arrived at the scene to help assess the structural integrity of the building and to provide guidance to emergency responders. Additional equipment will arrive by Friday to help remove portions of the building. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Police and Fire crews will remain at the scene to monitor building conditions throughout the night.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or has footage of the crash should call 316-946-4700 or 316-946-4740.  Family members trying to locate family members are to call 316-220-3100.

Public safety officials have confirmed four people are dead after a Beechcraft King Air 200 crashed into the top of the Flight Safety International Cessna Learning Center North building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport  just before 10 am on Thursday, Oct.30.  Five people have been treated at local hospitals.

Update on Plane Crash

Date:  Oct. 30, 2017 – 12:51 pm

Wichita public safety officials have confirmed four people are dead after a Beechcraft King Air 200 crashed into the top of the Flight Safety Building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport  just before 10 am on Thursday, Oct.30. Five people have been transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. Officials are still trying to locate four of the approximately 100 people who were reportedly in the building at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  Information about the pilot, any passengers or the destination of the aircraft is not yet known.

Fire officials report the crash resulted in a two-alarm fire that is now under control.  Firefighters have been evacuated from the building which has been declared unstable.

Mid-Continent flights are largely on schedule with a few reported delays. Passengers should check with their airlines regarding any flight changes and arrive at the airport as early as possible due to traffic congestion in the area. Those who do not have scheduled flights should avoid the area.

Family members who are trying to locate missing relatives should come to 1780 Airport Road.

Small Plane Crash at Mid-Continent Airport

Date:  October 30, 2014

A plane crash occurred just before 10 am today at the FlightSafety Building, located at 1851 Airport Road on Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Two people who were inside the building have been confirmed dead.  Four people have been transported to local hospitals, three with serious injuries. Five people are unaccounted and officials are still identifying others who may be missing.  Approximately 100 people (employees and visitors) were in the building at the time of the crash.

A Beechcraft King Air 200 struck the top of the building but the cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Information about the pilot, any passengers or the destination of the aircraft is not yet known.

Potential victims on the plane have not been confirmed.  The building has sustained serious damage, including the collapse of walls and ceilings.

Responding agencies included the Wichita Fire Department, Wichita Police Department, Mid-Continent Public Safety Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and the FBI.  Fire officials report the crash resulted in a two-alarm fire that is ongoing.  Firefighters have been evacuated from the building which has been declared unstable.

Mid-Continent flights are largely on schedule with a few reported delays. Passengers should check with their airlines regarding any flight changes and arrive at the airport as early as possible due to traffic congestion in the area.

Honor Flight #11 Returns Thursday

Date:  October 28, 2014

The 11th Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return from Washington, DC on Thursday, Oct. 30, carrying three World War II veterans and 25 Korean War veterans and their guardians. Their trip to Washington includes tours of the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home. They will be returning on Southwest Flight #9126 that arrives into ICT at 6:05 p.m

Honor Flight Returning Friday

The 10th Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return from Washington, DC on Friday, Oct. 17 carrying 27 Korean War veterans and their guardians.  Their trip to Washington includes tours of the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.  They will be returning Friday on Southwest Airlines flt. # 912 at 4:15 pm.

Airport Parking Advisory

October 14, 2014

Construction Expands into Lots and Commercial Vehicle Lanes

The parking construction zone is now in the process of migrating further to the east.  This will slightly reduce parking stalls available in the Short-term and Long-term lots.  The entrance to the Short-term and Long-term lots is now only on the west side of the lots.  No overnight parking is allowed in short-term; cars parked overnight may be towed.  The Long-term lot frequently fills to capacity; parking in the Park & Ride lot is recommended.

The commercial and courtesy vehicle lane is also going to be affected.  Effective October 20, shuttles, limousines and courtesy vehicles will pick up passengers on the west end of the terminal; taxis and Park & Ride Shuttle will pick up passengers on the east end of the terminal near baggage claim.

In order to reduce congestion and allow room for the commercial and courtesy vehicles, parking and waiting in front of the terminal to pick up passengers is not allowed.  Use the convenient cell phone lot, located just south of the Park & Ride lot next to the Air Cargo building.  Your guest can then call you when ready to be picked up.  If you are dropping off passengers, please limit your time in front of the terminal.  At no time are you to leave your cars unattended.

Please visit our airport website Construction Zone – What you need to know for parking.  http://www.flywichita.com/construction-zone.php

Wright Amendment’s End is Welcome

October 10, 2014

ICT and Southwest celebrate end of a restrictive law

Wichita air travelers will have more options to popular destinations beginning Monday, Oct. 13, when the restrictive Wright Amendment comes to an end. The federal law, adopted in 1979, was repealed in 2006 though some restrictions were left intact through Oct. 13, 2014.

Many state political and business leaders fought over the years to repeal Wright. The amendment limited flights out of Dallas Love Field to locations within Texas and neighboring states. In 1997 the law was expanded to include Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi. The lifted restrictions will have an immediate benefit for Mid-Continent travelers. More nonstop destinations from Dallas will offer more choices for Wichita travelers, officials say, and the increased competition will help keep fares competitive.  Wichita passengers will be able to fly nonstop from Dallas to the following destinations:

Beginning Oct. 13, 2014:

  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Orlando
  • Chicago Midway
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington Reagan National

Beginning Nov. 2, 2014:

  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood
  • New York (LaGuardia)
  • Phoenix
  • San Diego
  • Orange County/Santa Ana
  • Tampa

Beginning Jan. 6, 2015:

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland

Southwest Airlines has planned a gate celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday

 

The Ninth Honor Flight of the Year Leaves Wednesday

Date:  September 30, 2014

A ninth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, carrying 10 World War II veterans, 16 Korean War veterans, and 1 Vietnam War veteran and their guardians to Washington, DC. The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital. They will return at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

Welcome Home Our Veterans

Date:  September 18, 2014

An eighth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 5:55 pm. on Friday,  Sept. 19 carrying 24 World War II veterans, and two Korean War veterans and their guardians from Washington, DC. The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines.  The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they are visiting the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.