Plane flies into question

Touch-and-go landings at Decatur draw approach control attention

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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A small plane caused concern when it strayed into Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport’s controlled airspace above the Crystal Lake Airport without making radio contact on Feb. 13.

Pilot Larry Saunders, of Decatur, said he was unable to make radio contact with air traffic controllers because of a failure of his radio system. Saunders said he filled out an incident report with the FAA but was not fined.

"It was no big deal," he said.

The yellow Cessna 172 caught the attention of authorities after it flew into XNA’s controlled approach air space. The plane, which took off from Siloam Springs Airport, practiced touch-and-go landings at the Crystal Lake Airport at Decatur before entering the controlled air space, according ...

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