Suburban Indianapolis airport making safety changes

Suburban Indianapolis airport making safety changes after 1st plane crash there since 2005

GREENWOOD, Ind. — A suburban Indianapolis airport is implementing new safety measures after a small plane crashed there last month.

No one was hurt when a student pilot lost control after a hard landing at Greenwood Airport on June 11. It was the first crash there since 2005. Airport manager Ralph Hill said the airport will be equipping three vehicles with fire extinguishers and medical kits for airport workers to provide immediate help.

About 25 airport employees and contractors, such as mechanics who work at the airport daily, will also periodically practice what to do in the event of a crash, Hill told the Daily Journal for a story Monday (http://bit.ly/OTzlAZ ).

"We’ll do some training drills very similar to what the military does," Hill said. "On some afternoon, we’ll call drills to go through our procedures."

The city-owned airport just south of Indianapolis for small jets and recreational fliers now has just one street address and Hill said it would be labeling its hangars and buildings alphabetically to reduce response times by emergency workers.

Hill and the airport board are developing an emergency plan for what to do after a crash, modeled after procedures that other airports have in place.

New guidelines, for example, will require that the airport gates get opened quickly so that fire trucks and ambulances can get it, that someone stays at the desk in the terminal to answer the phone and that unauthorized people are kept away from the crash scene.

___Information from: Daily Journal, http://www.thejournalnet.com

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