Crash-landing with a silver lining for Heathrow area residents?

January 18, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Posted in airports, Aviation, DfT, Flight paths, Heathrow, Heathrow expansion, No third runway, Risks, Transport | Leave a comment
No third runway

After Government plans for Heathrow expansion become more clear …

Article from The Times
January 19, 2008
Residents demand end to plan for third runway
Ben Webster, Transport Correspondent, and Alexi MostrousPeople who live around Heathrow are demanding that the Government and BAA, the airport’s owner, abandon plans for a third runway in the wake of Thursday’s crash.

They claim that the incident exposes the risks of allowing the number of flights to double and creating a new flight path over tens of thousands more homes.

“Fear of a crash has already undermined our mental health. We feel helpless under BAA and the Department for Transport.”

said Julia Welchman, who works under the flight path at Kew Gardens in southwest London.

“No one ever wants to see a plane crash but if there is a silver lining perhaps it’s that BAA and the Government will learn respect for local residents and that the expansion is just a step too far.”

said Susan Kramer, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park.

Thanks to the marvellous composure and skill of the experienced pilot the near-disaster will surely go down in history books as an epic story instead.

It’s certainly raised the profile of Heathrow airport for a day or two. Please keep watching. The campaign to stop Heathrow expansion is only just beginning … and we need all the help you can muster.

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