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FAA Completes Investigation of Thursday Night Crash at Municipal Airport

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airportFriday July 31, a single inspector for the FAA has completed his investigation of the Thursday night crash of an Aeromaster Fixed Wing Single Engine bi-plane. Apparently, the plane was taking off on the concrete runway but ended up on the grass strip. David German, 46, of Nebraska, is still in critical condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after fire engulfed his private plane and he was transported to Parkland Thursday evening by air ambulance.

The area is cordoned off limiting access. The airport was closed from the time of the crash until midnight Thursday night. The airport reopened at midnight except for the grass strip which remains closed. According to Joey Baker, Manager of the Municipal Airport, the grass strip will not be reopened until next week. Baker has been tasked by the FAA representative to secure and store what is left of the aircraft and debris.

Personnel are still unsure as to how the crash occurred. According to witnesses, the plane did have some mechanical difficulties and this was a test flight. About 150 feet into the flight, the engine stalled. Evasive action did not correct the issue. The pilot had planned to leave Friday.

DPS was in charge of the scene last night until the FAA arrived on the scene. The FAA report will be filed at a later time.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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