Mid-Continent Airport

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UPDATED Wednesday at 10:51 a.m.

An October 2014 plane crash at the former FlightSafety International Building in southwest Wichita was the result of the pilot's "inability to safely control the airplane in an emergency situation," the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Deborah Shaar

Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is reporting that 2015 was its third busiest year on record.

A brand new terminal, which opened last June, helped to bring in 37,679 additional passengers in 2015, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year.

Airport officials said the total number of passengers who either flew in or out of Eisenhower National Airport was 1,571,348.

“We are very pleased that passengers have responded to the conveniences and amenities of our new terminal and our air service,” Valerie Wise, Air Service Manager, said in a statement.

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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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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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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.

Wichita Mid-Continent To Test Disaster Response

Sep 12, 2014
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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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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

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.

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.

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