Emerald Coast Aviation has closed its doors at Destin Airport approximately nine months after the MRO subleased services for Miracle Strip Aviation. Emerald Coast offered maintenance and flight instruction for Miracle Strip. Emerald Coast continues to maintain an FBO at Crestview, Florida’s Bob Sikes Airport and also provides fueling service at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Jonathon Dunn, president of Emerald Coast Aviation, declined to comment.
Seven crewmembers are presumed dead after a flight of two U.S. Navy T-39 Sabreliners crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle last month. Navy officials said the two jets (military versions of the Sabreliner 40) were on a routine training flight from Pensacola Naval Air Station when they disappeared from radar about 40 mi south of Pensacola in the Gulf, with three people aboard one airplane and four on the other.