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Asheville Regional Airport is a Class C airport near Interstate 40 and Interstate 26 in the town of Fletchermarker, nine miles (14.5 km) south of the city of Ashevillemarker, in the U.S. state of North Carolinamarker. It is owned by the City of Asheville. In 2008 it serviced a total of 600,000 passengers.

Facilities and aircraft

Asheville Regional Airport covers an area of 900 acres (364 ha) and has one runway designated 16/34 with a 8,001 x 150 ft (2,439 x 46 m) asphalt surface.

For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2007, the airport had 35,374 aircraft operations, an average of 96 per day: 64% general aviation, 24% air taxi, 9% scheduled commercial and 3% military. At that time there were 130 aircraft based at this airport: 57% single-engine, 31% multi-engine, 6% jet and 6% helicopter.

The airport currently sees the following models of aircraft on a regular basis:

A Concorde visited AVL during a 1987 promotional tour and was snowed in. Chartered Boeing 747s (United Airlines) have also visited, as has an Airbus A340 during the visit of Charles, Prince of Wales, to the nearby Biltmore Estatemarker in 1996. AVL's runway allows for the operation of almost any aircraft type.

Airlines and destinations

Incidents

On July 19, 1967, Piedmont Airlines Flight 22marker, a Boeing 727, collided in mid-air with a Cessna 310 just south of the airport in Hendersonville, North Carolinamarker. The collision happened just moments after the 727 took off from the Asheville Airport. All 82 people on both planes were killed.

On March 15, 2003, a Cessna 177 Cardinal crashed into Old Fort Mountainmarker after taking off from the airport. It killed author Amanda Davis, who was on a book tour promoting her first novel Wonder When You'll Miss Me (ISBN 0-688-16781-0), and her parents.

On May 4, 2007, a 1977 Cessna 182 en route to Asheville Airport crashed near the airport, killing three Georgia men. Initial reports said that rapper Jay-Z was on-board. These reports were false, however.

References

  1. http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200770504024


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