Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Bakersfield, Calif., July 9, 2008–The pilot’s door of the Amflight Beech 99 opened while the airplane was flying at 11,000 feet. The pilot declared an emergency, diverted to Bakersfield and landed without incident or injuries.
The FAA rejected an apparent request to close Bakersfield Municipal Airport (L45) sent by the mayor of Bakersfield, Calif., on January 5. The mayor’s letter asked the FAA to waive all deed and grant assurance obligations and indicated that the city wished to sell the land to developers to use for non-aeronautical purposes. Through 2004, federal funding of the airport totaled more than $10 million, including $2 million used to buy the airport.