Mid-Continent Airport

11:30 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Name Change For Wichita’s Airport Becomes Effective This Week

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Wichita’s airport officially began using its new name on Monday, even though the new terminal is still a few months away from opening.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

On Monday morning, airport and city leaders unveiled the new airport logo complete with a new name: the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

The city legally changed the name last April, allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to update its documents and navigation charts in November.

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10:50 am
Fri October 31, 2014

UPDATE: Plane Crashes Into Building Near Mid-Continent Airport

The fire is now under control, but firefighters are waiting until the building is more stable to enter.
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Update at 11:44 on 10/31/14

The NTSB has begun its work to recover the victims of the crash. 

NPR audio update at 5:00pm:

Four people died this morning as the result of a fiery crash at Mid-Continent Airport. Aileen LeBlanc from member station KMUW reports. 

KMUW audio update at 3:52pm:

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Unstable Structure Keeps Responders From Reaching Plane Crash Victims

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Investigation begins into the cause of a deadly plane crash near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport on Thursday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

A Beechcraft King Air 200 struck the top of the FlightSafety International building. Four people have been confirmed dead. City of Wichita officials say three of the victims were from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Police spokesman Doug Nolte says the crash site is unsound.

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4:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Wichita Mid-Continent To Test Disaster Response

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The emergency response capabilities of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport will be tested next week as airport authority officials and local emergency responders will participate in a disaster exercise. 

Mid-Continent Airport will simulate the crash of a 737 aircraft on the its runway on Tuesday morning. The airport has performed a large-scale disaster exercise every three years for decades, according to Jason Jones,  Deputy Chief of the Airport Authority. 

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Crime and Courts
5:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

FBI, Wichita Law Enforcement Agencies Look To Prosecute 'Lasing'

Lt. Col. Stephen Matthews of McConnell Air Force Base spells out the dangers of targeting aircraft with laser pointers at a press conference near the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Tuesday morning. He was joined by officials from the FBI, FAA, Wichita Airport Authority and the Wichita Police Department.
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The FBI has announced a partnership with local law enforcement in hopes more individuals are prosecuted for casting laser pointers at aircraft. Officials from the Wichita Airport Authority, Wichita Police Department and McConnell Air Force Base helped outline the plan Tuesday morning at Yingling Aviation, near Mid-Continent Airport. 

A $10,000 reward has been offered for any tips leading to the arrest of someone that’s pointed a laser at an aircraft

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10:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

UPDATE: City Council Passes Motion To Change Mid-Continent To Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

UPDATE:  Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.

Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

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Crime and Courts
5:37 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Criminal Complaint Reveals Communications Between Loewen and Undercover FBI Agents

A booking photo of Terry Lee Loewen, provided by the Sedgwick County, KS, Clerk's Office on Friday.

A would-be bomber was stopped at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport Friday morning. He had been planning an alleged suicide bombing attack for many months.

The 58-year-old man, from Wichita, was an employee of an aeronautics company. Terry Loewen was arrested at a gate to the tarmac of the airport. Loewen tried to use his badge to open the gate, but the system had been disabled.

It was the end of a long sting operation conducted by undercover FBI agents.

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5:33 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Top Morning News 3.15.13

Union contribution bill passes Senate; Mid-Continent terminal construction ahead of schedule; Boeing Center opens at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate passed a bill Thursday that restricts how public employee unions collect member payments. They would be barred from deducting money from member paychecks for political purposes.


New Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Ahead Of Schedule

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9:59 am
Fri February 8, 2013

New Airport Terminal Is Expected To Open June 2015

Illustration of new terminal.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

Construction of the new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is on schedule, according to the city. It's expected to open in the spring of 2015.

Since the beginning of major construction in October 2012, construction crews have:

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12:43 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mid-Continent Airport Passenger Numbers Flying At Lower Altitude

Passenger numbers are in a holding pattern at the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita.

The airport's latest passenger figures show the number of passengers fell four percent in December, compared to the same month of 2011. Nearly 116,000 passengers used the airport last month. That's down by almost 4,000 passengers from the previous year.