Accident sparks new calls to close airfield

Another near-catastrophe at the Herzliya airfield has renewed calls to close the airport urgently.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 18, 2007 12:20

 
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Another near-catastrophe at the Herzliya airfield has renewed calls to close the airport urgently, according to the Hebrew weekly Ha'ir-Tzomet Hasharon. In the 10th accident at the airfield this year, a small plane skidded on the runway while landing last week, and crashed into a safety rail. The two men on board escaped without serious injury, but residents in surrounding areas are asking again if a major disaster has to occur before the airport is closed. "This accident is another reminder of the situation… It is not possible that such a dangerous airport can be housed so close to residential neighborhoods," said a spokesman for the residents' committee that is fighting to have the airport closed. According to the report, the District Planning and Construction Committee has decided to recommend to the National Planning and Construction Committee that it remove the Herzliya airfield from the list of permitted airports in Israel. If the national body agrees, the airport will be forced to shut down. The Israel Airports Authority is appealing against the district committee's decision.

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