Bizjet accidents raise community concerns
Two business jet accidents within two weeks at Groton-New London Airport, Conn., have renewed safety concerns and allegations by local residents of a lack of response to noise complaints. On August 4 a Learjet 35 crashed while attempting to land at the Connecticut airport. The two pilots were killed and at least two homes were destroyed. On August 17, a Learjet 25 ran off the runway at Groton, following birdstrikes and an aborted takeoff. The two pilots and five passengers were not hurt in that incident and the aircraft, N25FM, suffered only minor damage. Residents reportedly plan to form a committee to examine safety issues and to seek improved communications with the airport operator.