An aerodynamic airplane that was once the pride of Lincoln’s aviation heritage is in danger of being retired because of an air quality problem in a neighboring city, a state official said Thursday.
Aerial photos taken by Lincoln Aviation of the aircraft on the north side of the airport show its engine and landing gear damaged and the tail section of the plane’s wing missing.
Lincoln Aviation has asked Lincoln City Council to postpone a scheduled May 10 vote to consider the matter, said Bill Brown, director of the Lincoln Aviation Center, an aviation museum.
The airport’s air quality is one of the highest in the state.
Lincolntons aviation director, Mike Schubert, said in a statement that the Lincoln Airport is “devastated by the news” of the engine and engine block damage.
He said the FAA is monitoring the situation and is investigating the cause.
The FAA declined to comment.
Lancaster County officials are planning a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce a new plan to repair the engine, said Mark Johnson, deputy director of operations for the county government.
Lincolia County officials said they were also monitoring the air quality issue and were working to determine the cause of the problem.LINCOLNTON AIRPORT—The Lincoln Airport’s airquality is one, state officials said, warning that the airport has the highest air quality in the nation.
The Lincoln Aviation Air Park, built in the 1920s, has about 4,500 acres, including two runways and a runway at Lincoln International Airport.
Its air quality has been one of Lincoln Air’s biggest draws.
The state has a population of about 2 million.LNCA spokesman Scott Smith said Lincoln Aviation officials have been told to take immediate steps to address the problem in Lincoln, including working with LNCA to improve its air quality.
Liscolnton, a city of about 5,500 about 60 miles southwest of Omaha, is part of Lincoln County and about an hour away by car.
The Lincoln Aviation center is about 80 miles away.
The air quality at Lincoln Air is considered very good, but LNCAA is not aware of any incidents where it has been adversely impacted, Smith said.LIVE UPDATES—The Nebraska Aviation Association, the state’s largest aviation trade group, said it is aware of the issue and is working to provide the FAA with a report.
State officials have asked Lincoln Airport to consider a request to postpone the vote.
Brown said LNCAs aviation advisory committee, which is responsible for reviewing and recommending safety and air quality recommendations, has recommended the city delay the vote until the FAA completes an investigation into the incident.LILICON AIRPLANE—Lincoln Airport’s LNCa aviation advisory group is looking into whether Lincoln Airport should retire the Lincoln Aircraft Corp. of Lincoln, the group said.
The aviation group said it expects a response from Lincoln Airport by May 10.LICOLON AIRPARKS—The city of Lincoln has been reviewing air quality problems at Lincoln Airport, which sits on a county-owned land parcel.
Brown, the LNC AIA spokesman, said that Lincoln Airport will take the issue to the Lincoln City council to discuss whether to postpone or postpone the May 10 meeting to give the council time to respond.