When a plane crashed in a Greenwood field last month, officials at the city’s airport realized they should make sure they are well prepared to respond to serious accidents.
The airport’s first crash since 2005 led officials to come up with a new plan to make sure that firefighters can get to an accident as quickly as possible and that airport workers, such as mechanics, can help in the meantime.
Over the next few months, the airport will implement new safety precautions that will allow airport employees to help pilots who crashed while firefighters are on the way and to make sure that firefighters have no trouble getting to the crash site.
The goal is to ensure that pilots and passengers get help as fast as possible if they’re involved in a serious crash on the grounds of the airport at County Line Road and Emerson Avenue.
No aircraft had crashed at the city-owned airport for small jets and recreational fliers since a helicopter went down during an open house in 2005. Airport manager Ralph Hill said the crash last month was a reason to re-evaluate and update safety procedures.