On September 24, 2020, two men were taken to the hospital after a Team Rockets F1 Experimental aircraft and a Cessna 172 plane collided while attempting to land at the San Marcos Regional Airport. KXAN interviewed Partner Michael Slack about the nature of communication at the airport and how the tower shutdown that evening may have contributed to the incident.
Slack told KXAN that while the airport does have a control tower, it closed at 7 p.m. and the incident happened minutes later. He added: “There could be some confusion as to whether the pilot says he had access to air traffic control from the San Marcos tower. The
other thing is once the tower closes, then there are defined rules as to how pilots should communicate on a common frequency.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety, National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Read the full KXAN article here.