- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A pilot training center that was hit by an airplane at a Wichita airport last year has resumed all of its programs, a company official said.

A Beechcraft King Air B200 crashed into the roof of one of FlightSafety’s Cessna Pilot Learning Center buildings on Oct. 30, killing the pilot and three people who were inside the center. Six other people were injured in the accident at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, which is now called Eisenhower National.

FlightSafety has Cessna learning centers in three buildings at the airport, including the one that was damaged. The center at the airport trains pilots on several Cessna Citation business jets and Caravan airplanes. Training on other Cessna aircraft is offered at different simulation centers.

All programs offered before the accident have been restored at the company’s Learning Center in Wichita as well as at offices in Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; and Farnborough, England, FlightSafety spokesman Steve Phillips told The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1CYd2Qq ).

The pilot, Mark Goldstein, 53, of Wichita, declared an emergency about a minute after taking off, saying he had “lost the left engine,” according to the preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Goldstein, a contract pilot, was flying the aircraft to Mena, Arkansas, for painting and interior refurbishing work. The airplane was registered and operated by Gilleland Aviation in Georgetown, Texas, according to the NTSB.

An NTSB spokesman said Wednesday the investigation into the crash continues.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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