2010 Press Releases

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NBAA Statement in Response to Austin Incident Involving GA Aircraft

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, February 18, 2010 – NBAA is closely monitoring and coordinating with government officials in regard to the incident in Austin, TX, today in which a small single-engine airplane was flown into a building that housed Internal Revenue Service offices, apparently resulting in several injuries. According to reports, it appears to have been the act of a distraught individual intent on committing suicide.

"NBAA joins with the general aviation community in expressing sympathy to the citizens of Austin and the families of those affected," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are grateful for the quick response by local authorities. But the actions of a clearly troubled individual should in no way reflect on the general aviation community as a whole."

NBAA has been in continual contact with the Transportation Security Administration since the incident began, and will continue to work closely with the TSA to enhance security and facilitate general aviation operations.

Update: Review NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen's letter to the NBAA Membership dated February 22, 2010.

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