Local pilot says landing at Akron Fulton Airport is tricky

A local pilot says landing at the Akron Fulton Airport is challenging, and the pilot involved in Tuesday's crash may have struggled.
A local pilot says landing at the Akron Fulton Airport is challenging, and the pilot involved in Tuesday's crash may have struggled.

AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – It will be awhile before the National Transportation Safety Board determines the cause of a crash involving a jet which crashed into an Akron apartment complex just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. But a local flight instructor and pilot says he flew into Akron Fulton Airport many times and faced several challenges.

The corporate jet involved in the crash was heading to Akron Fulton. Pilot Bob Coller said the biggest challenge pilots face when flying into the particular airport is that there is not control tower. He says, as a result, pilots have to coordinate with the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, which is 12 miles away.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the pilot in instrument conditions to get that plane on the ground,” he said.

Coller said pilots are instructed by air traffic control at the Akron-Canton Airport’s control tower. They get them as close as they can, and then it is all up to the pilot.

“It’s not a super long runway. I think the longest runway is about 6,300 feet,” he said. “They have two runways there. The other would probably be too small to land a corporate jet.”

Other factors could have played into the difficulties in landing the plane, like rainy weather pushing clouds to sit low and pilots that cannot see in front of them.

Coller said the Akron Fulton Airport sits low, almost like inside of a bowl.

“So that makes it difficult, because it sits below some terrain that surrounds it,” he said.

There are many reasons that could have caused this plane to crash. Coller stresses that these are just some obstacles he has faced when trying to land at the Akron Fulton.

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