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Helicopter Air Route in Gwangju May Face Changes

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Helicopter Air Route in Gwangju May Face Changes


Following a helicopter crash last week and a plane crash last year, voices are being raised over the need to change the air route for planes departing and arriving at Gwangju Airport and Gwangju Military Airport.

Helicopter and plane pilots flying out of Gwangju Airport en route to Seoul depart Gwangju Airport and fly over the Hanam and Suwan Residential Complexes and the Bia-Gwangsan Interchange where more than 100,000 citizens reside in large-scale apartment complexes.

Last Thursday July 17th, a firefighting helicopter from Gwangwon that was on its way back to Gangleung from the Sewol Ferry Accident site crashed near Seongdeok Middle School in Gwangsan-gu district and last August 28th, an Air Force T50 jet crashed in a farming area in Seochang-dong, resulting in 5 and 2 casualties, respectively.

Experts pointed out that the Suwan and Hanam Residential Complexes are not suitable for helicopter routes as there will be additional construction of high-rise buildings in the areas and so the Gwangju Airport should consider changing flight routes to minimize the possible damage.

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