NBAA Statement in Response to Austin Incident Involving GA Aircraft

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,

Washington, DC, February 18, 2010 – NBAA is closely monitoring and coordinating with government officials inregard to the incident in Austin, TX, today in which a small single-engineairplane was flown into a building that housed Internal Revenue Serviceoffices, apparently resulting in several injuries. According toreports, it appears to have been the act of a distraught individual intenton committing suicide.

“NBAA joins with the general aviation community in expressing sympathy tothe citizens of Austin and the families of those affected,” said NBAAPresident and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are grateful for the quick response bylocal authorities. But the actions of a clearly troubled individual shouldin no way reflect on the general aviation community as a whole.”

NBAA has been in continual contact with the Transportation SecurityAdministration since the incident began, and will continue to work closelywith the TSA to enhance security and facilitate general aviationoperations.

Update: Review NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen’s letter to the NBAA Membership dated February 22, 2010.

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