MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Regional Airport is back in service, but no report has yet come from the Federal Aviation Administration on the cause of the fire July 28, which destroyed a plane and damaged the runway.

Airport Manager Josh Wynn said the runway was repaired quickly.

“Kokosing Construction sent us a proposal, our engineer reviewed it, and they were out here last Tuesday making the repair. They milled the surface and repaved it and we’ve been back in service,” he said.

He said they have not received the bill, but the plane owner’s insurance company will be paying the bill.

A Knox County pilot, not yet named in any reports, landed a rented plane at the airport when flames started to shoot through the cockpit. After the pilot safely exited the plane, the fire consumed the craft.

Wynn also said he has not heard anything from the Federal Aviation Administration on the cause of the fire, but added, “these things take a while.”

A spokesperson for the FAA said the investigation would take several weeks.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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