WICHITA, Kansas — Negotiations are reportedly “ongoing” between the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and FlightSafety International regarding plans for the damaged FlightSafety building. The building still stands at the airport site, after a plane crashed into the building in October 2014.
KSN asked airport officials Wednesday when they expect to finalize the plan for the building’s future.
In an email response to our request for information, Victor White, the director of airports, said,
“Negotiations are still ongoing with Flight Safety about their plans for that damaged building. We should have an answer within a few weeks.”
A small plane reported losing engine power and crashed into the two-story FlightSafety Cessna Learning Center North building at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014.
The FAA confirmed that a twin-engine Beechcraft B200 Super King Air 200 N52SZ lost an engine on takeoff from the airport. The plane was trying to return to the runway when it crashed.
The fatal plane crash killed four people, including the pilot.
Jet fuel from the plane burned so hot during the blaze after the crash the morning of Thursday, October 30 that portions of the building remained unsafe that day and emergency officials voiced concerns about the stability of the structure.
Late that Thursday night, smoke continued to rise from the wreckage.
Work began Friday, October 31, 2014 to recover the victims’ remains.
Ernie Schuler, a Battalion Chief for the Wichita Fire Department, told KSN on Oct. 31, “As far as them dismantle that building, they will want to do it with the least amount of destruction they can to preserve the scene. They’ll take their time in taking that down.”
Three months after the plane crash, all FlightSafety programs were restored.
At that time, however, no information was provided or released regarding what officials were going to do with the damaged building.
KSN’s requests for an on-camera interview with officials with the city’s airport concerning the FlightSafety building were denied.
Until negotiations are finalized, the damaged FlightSafety International building remains standing. For some, it is a terrible reminder of the lives lost in an instant.
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FlightSafety International is owned by Birkshire Hathaway. This building was largely used for flight simulations.
Pilots from all around the world came to this aviation instruction center for pilot training.
According to county tax records, it was built in 1980. At the time of the crash, those records listed the property value of the building at nearly $1.4 million.