LEARJET 24D, EL PASO, TEXAS, DEC. 10, 2001–Two pilots, the only occupants, were killed when their Learjet 24D (N997TD) crashed in a remote desert area at about 6:30 p.m. and was destroyed while nearing El Paso International Airport on an IFR flight plan from Harlingen, Texas.
El Paso, Texas
The FAA and the Transportation Department’s inspector general are at loggerheads over whether the new Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (Stars) is ready to handle live traffic.
Eurocopter AS 350B3, San Elizario, Texas, May 22, 2007–The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Operations AS 350 was destroyed when it crashed after a loss of control while maneuvering on a routine border patrol mission. The crash site was about 15 miles southeast of El Paso International Airport. The commercial pilot was killed and his observer was seriously injured.
Cutter Aviation recently broke ground for a new FBO to replace the company’s original facility at El Paso International Airport, Texas. The new 13,000-sq-ft terminal building and 20,000-sq-ft hangar are being built next to the control tower and are expected to open this winter. The current airport-owned facility is slated to be demolished.