Airplane Incident at Vista Field Airport – News Release

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Kennewick, Wash. — Around mid-day Wednesday, August 15, 2012 a pilot reported to Port of Kennewick staff that his plane had experienced brake failure while landing. The pilot is uninjured. His private plane skidded into the dirt median between the runways at Vista Field Airport in Kennewick, Washington. The Port of Kennewick owns the airport, and port staff have already moved the plane to ensure continued runway safety and accessibility. According to port representatives, there was no loss of life or injury; and the surrounding neighborhoods and ball fields were never in jeopardy. “Of course, we are pleased that there was no injury from this incident,” stated Tim Arntzen, Port of Kennewick executive director. “And I am grateful the pilot was able to maneuver his plane so it didn’t impact the surrounding buildings, homes, or Lawrence Scott Park.”


The Port of Kennewick is a municipal corporation serving taxpayers in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, Benton City, and portions of unincorporated Benton County. The port’s mission is to develop those assets which create sustainable family wage jobs, user friendly transportation systems, and quality of life enhancements for visitors and residents of the port district.

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For More Information Contact:
Tana Bader Inglima, Director of Governmental Relations & Marketing
Tel: (509) 586-8140 wk or (509) 948-3514 cell
Tim Arntzen, Executive Director, (509) 586-585-1144 cell

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