Mark Goldstein has been named as the pilot of the plane that crashed at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport on October 30. Multiple people were killed when Goldstein’s plane struck the FlightSafety building at the airport. Goldstein was one of those killed in the fiery wreck.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Goldstein Was Trying to Turn the Plane Around When He Crashed Into the Building
According to the FAA, Goldstein was trying to return to the runway after his plane lost power, a minute after take off from the airport. According to Ron Ryan of Ryan International Airlines, who was speaking to KAKE, Goldstein was taking the the plane on a test flight as it had recently been inspected. It was a 1999 King Air B200 Beechcraft plane.
2. He Was an Award Winning Air-Traffic Controller
According to his Facebook page, Goldstein had been attending a course close to the FlightSafety building that he crashed into.
Mark Goldstein was former air traffic controller. In 2005, he won the Air Traffic Control Specialist of the Year Award, given out by the Air Traffic Controllers Association, reports Kansas.com. Then in 2006, the same organization awarded Goldstein a safety award. On his Facebook page, he says that he retired in 2013.
3. He Was the Only Person On Board
He was the only person on board the flight which was bound for Mena, Arkansas. He was 53 years old, according to KAKE reporter Susan Peters. He was a resident of Wichita, moving to the area in 1989, reports KAKE.
4. 4 People Are Still Missing
So far, four people have been confirmed as killed with five people unaccounted for inside the FlightSafety building that collapsed after the crash. Four others are still missing with Wichita’s fire chief telling the media that the structural damage to the building has hampered the rescue effort.
5. Fire Crews Ran Drills for a Disaster Like This on the Previous Day
On October 29, the airport tweeted that it was undergoing fire safety training:
The flames were extinguished by fire crews less than an hour after the crash, according to the Kansas City Star.