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Small Aircraft Accident In New York


October 11, 2006 — EAA has been in contact with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration following Wednesday's small aircraft accident in New York.

The single-engine airplane struck a high-rise apartment building Wednesday afternoon, setting off a fire in that building and causing fatalities.

EAA was in immediate contact with DHS, TSA and FAA regarding the facts of the accident and to urge a reasoned response within the New York City airspace. Federal authorities almost immediately announced that there was no reason to believe that foul play or terrorism was involved. An early scrambling of military jets over major metropolitan areas, as per current military procedure, was quickly recalled.

"This appears to be a very tragic and unfortunate accident, and our hearts go out to all those who may have lost loved ones," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "We know FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating and the facts will emerge in the course of that review."

Lawrence noted that EAA had been monitoring news reports from the accident scene and the images from the site again proved what EAA and general aviation organizations have always known - that small aircraft do not possess the speed, size or momentum to inflict widespread damage to property.

"We know that some may use this accident to hastily promote their own agendas, perhaps against general aviation, and that is an overzealous reaction to this tragic event," Lawrence said. "A thorough accident investigation will determine the causes of this accident and what can be learned from it."

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