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Archive for September, 2014

Hear what pilots had to say after finding ILM runway systems shut down

Friday, September 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A scary situation in mid-air has Wilmington’s airport making national headlines.

Construction work is being done at night, but what’s being called “human error” led to the runway lights being shut off an hour early Wednesday night. That left pilots with no way to land their planes.

Bob Keister is headed back to Michigan.

“I was in town to meet some fraternity brothers I went to school with many years ago in Topsail Island,” he said as he headed for a flight at Wilmington International Airport this morning.

He heard about the diverted flights at ILM Wednesday night.

“I’ve never been on a flight that had to be turned around, but I’ve been on a flight that had to go around a couple times to land,” Keister said.

He’s headed home happy. Not so happy were passengers on two flights late Wednesday.

“We can’t continue anywhere else,” a pilot of one of the flights told air traffic controllers. “We probably have to go back to Charlotte.”

Pilots of two planes, a US Airways flight from Charlotte and a Delta flight from Atlanta, could not land because a system to guide the planes to the runway at ILM was shutdown an earlier than planned.

“It’s almost like someone flipped the switch early on accident,” one of the pilots told controllers. “I’m just passing that along to you. You can decide what you want to do”

What they would decide to do is return to Charlotte and Atlanta.

ILM officials say it was a mistake. The system was to shut down for construction at 12:15 a.m. Thursday. Instead, it shut down an hour early.

Traveler Thomas McQuinn says it brings to light the need to review operations.

“It opens up a box,” McQuinn said. “I’d say Wilmington should look at their system and make some corrections”

Corrections that will be reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration, which says it is investigating why the instrument landing system was shut down an hour early.

The Wilmington tower is closed each night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. During that time air traffic is handled by controllers in Washington, DC.


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CB Fire Chief: nothing suspicious at this time

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Fire Chief Alan Griffin said the calls came in a little after 11:15 and a large plume of smoke was billowing from the property when firefighters arrived on the scene.

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Wilmington’s ‘Muni’ golf course to re-open next week

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The City of Wilmington's 'Muni' golf course is set to re-open next week after undergoing a complete renovation during the summer.

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NC NAACP to hold memorial for Bladenboro teen

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The North Carolina NAACP will hold a community meeting and memorial service for Lennon Lacy Monday Sept, 29.

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Community rides motorcycles for a cause

Friday, September 26th, 2014
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You have a chance to take your motorcycle out for a joy ride and a good cause Friday night.  
Performance cycles is hosting the Ride For A Cause event that benefits the Wilmington Police Recreation Association.
A portion of ticket sales will go to the association to fund a flag pole project that will be illuminated 24 hours a day. The performance cycles owner says he'll also be riding and expects at least 75 more to do the same.
Joe Peterson, owner of Performance Cycles said, "Just getting the community together, you know, just getting everybody together and helping our local law enforcement." 
The event kicks off at seven with a police escorted ride that ends at Ziggy's By The Sea, then bikers get to enjoy a concert featuring Jackyl.
For more information, click here: Ride For A Cause


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