Pilots who fly through the terminal areas listed below can receive free cockpit traffic and weather information provided the aircraft is equipped with an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transmitter/receiver or transceiver and cockpit display for traffic information (CDTI). U.S. cities and airports currently included in the new service are Albany (ALB), Chicago (ORD and MDW), Columbus (CMH), Little Rock (LIT), Lubbock (LBB), Memphis (MEM), Milwaukee (MKE), Nashville (BNA) and Wilmington (ILN).
General Mitchell International Airport
A Beech B90 King Air operating on a Part 91 flight overran a runway at Sylvania Airport (C89) in Sturtevant, Wis., 17 miles south of Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. The incident occurred on October 22 at about 6:45 p.m. local time. After leaving Runway 8R, the aircraft collided with a fence and a ditch, causing minor injuries to the single passenger aboard. While its commercially rated pilot was not injured, the aircraft sustained damage to its fuselage and both wings.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 717, acquired during the merger with AirTran, was rammed by a catering truck on October 12 after the driver lost control of the vehicle on the ramp at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field. The driver said he was unable to stop when a soft-drink can became lodged between the truck’s brake pedal and the floor. Southwest said the aircraft fuselage was substantially damaged at the forward and mid-section joint. None of the 108 people on board was injured. Southwest mechanics are inspecting the aircraft.
A Houston-based pilot working for U.S. regional airline ExpressJet has filed a lawsuit against his company and its parent, Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines, claiming retaliation against him for refusing to fly during severe weather conditions.
Yet another Bombardier CRJ landed with one side of its main landing gear retracted yesterday. The SkyWest CRJ200, operating in partnership with AirTran as Flight 3074 from Omaha, Neb., made an emergency landing at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport at about 5:10 p.m. local time with only its right main and nose gear extended. All 36 passengers and three crewmembers deplaned safely through the main cabin door.
BEECH BE1900D, MILWAUKEE, WIS., JUNE 7, 2003–At 2 p.m. CDT Beech N901SK, operated by Skyway Airlines as Flight 1233, reported lateral control problems shortly after takeoff from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). The crew declared an emergency and the aircraft returned to MKE, where it landed without incident.
Cessna Citation II, Milwaukee, June 4, 2007–Pilots of the Citation II that crashed into Lake Michigan struggled to keep control of the aircraft as soon as the Marlin Air Citation took off from General Mitchell International Airport.
Charter operator Marlin Air of Belleville, Mich., has filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million from the University of Michigan after the college terminated its contract to provide aeromedical transport services following the crash of a Cessna Citation II last June that killed two Marlin pilots and four UM organ transplant team members.
Cessna 550 Citation II, Milwaukee, Wis., June 4, 2007 – The two crewmembers (ATP-rated pilots) and four passengers (a medical team from the University of Michigan Health System) were killed when the medical transport flight crashed into Lake Michigan near Milwaukee.
The NTSB issued an update last week on the Citation II that crashed into Lake Michigan shortly after departing General Mitchell International (MKE) in Milwaukee last month, killing all aboard. In the update, the Safety Board said a crewmember declared an emergency shortly after takeoff, with the intention of returning to MKE.
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