Meeting set to hear neighbors’ airpark concerns

Neighbors of the Montgomery County Airpark will have the chance to ask questions and state their concerns at a public meeting Jan. 28. A plane headed toward the airpark crashed into a home nearby killing a mother and two of her children and the three passengers on board in December. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – After a fatal plane crash, residents who live around the Montgomery County Airpark will have the chance to publicly express complaints and concerns in a meeting later this month.

“We will be open for questions, comments and general discussion,” says Howard Layer, chairman of the Montgomery County Airpark Liaison Committee.

The committee is comprised of various individuals, groups and officials who focus on airpark issues. It will host a public meeting Jan. 28.

“There are a lot of people who live right under the flight path who are terribly upset because in the summer, for example, it’s very busy and right over their house and fairly low,” Layer says.

Six people were killed, including a woman and her two young children, when a small jet crashed into a home near the airpark on Dec. 8.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the incident and is working on its final report.

Keith Miller, the executive director of the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, will also speak at the public meeting about whether the airpark has been following Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The revenue authority owns and operates the airpark.

“I think it is important to have input from the liaison committee and keep them up to date on what is happening,” Miller tells WTOP in a statement.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m., Jan. 28 in the Montgomery County Council Building’s 6th floor conference room.

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