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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Brownwood Airport Fatalities: NTSB says poor lighting was a factor.

Brownwood plans to add extra safety lights to runway at airport
By Celinda Emison / Reporter-News Staff Writer
October 26, 2005

BROWNWOOD - The Brownwood City Council approved a resolution Tuesday requesting a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to add more runway lights at Brownwood Regional Airport.
The project was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, both of which cited a fatal accident on Jan. 22 that killed two Dallas doctors.
Paulose Mathai, 50, and Karl Robert Brinker, 28, were flying in a Beech 36 model single-engine plane from Dallas and approaching Brownwood Regional Airport about 7 a.m. when they crashed.
A report from National Transportation Safety Board said poor lighting was a factor in the accident.
City Manager Kevin Carruth said that the 10 percent matching grant for $166,000 will help pay for additional lights for the runway approach and ending. TxDOT estimated the cost of the project at $194,000.
The cost to the city will be about $44,000 to match the grant and to cover all costs of the project.
Carruth said the project could get under way in the 2006-07 budget year.
''These navigational aides should improve airport safety and should increase the amount of traffic at the airport,'' Carruth said.
In other business Tuesday, the council approved hiring Sharlette Bain as airport manager.
Bain will begin the job on Nov. 15 and comes to Brownwood from La Grange where she has worked as airport manager of the Fayette Regional Air Center since 2001.
Contact Brownwood staff writer Celinda Emison at (325) 641-8804 or
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