Company Says Milwaukee Accident ATC’s Fault

 - February 6, 2007, 11:05 AM

The owner of Freight Runner’s Express, the cargo company whose Beech 99 and Cessna 402 collided on the ground at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 24, is blaming ATC negligence for the accident. Owner Chip Zens says that both aircraft were clearly in the controlled movement area, and that ATC should take responsibility for what happened. “You could see on the ground radar 30 seconds in advance that they were going to converge,” Zens told AIN. “But ATC didn’t give an advisory [to either aircraft].” The ensuing fire destroyed both aircraft and gave one pilot second-degree burns to the face and scalp, according to Zens. The NTSB’s preliminary report states that both aircraft were given unrestricted taxi instructions to the cargo ramp after landing. The crash occurred in a taxiway intersection just north of Runway 25L. An FAA spokesperson declined to comment.