PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
As I was cleaning out old boxes and filing papers today, I came across some notes from a "TIPS" meeting I attended last October in Springfield.
One of the items mentioned by the IDOT - Div of Aeronautics was that there was funding available for airports that needed to provide protection from animals, and in particular deer. This money could be used for fencing, or other abatement measures.
What answer did the Edgar County Airport provide for that offer? No Thanks! We don't have a deer problem and do not expect to need any deterrent measures for deer. We have never had this problem and do not expect to.
Imagine that... Just days after an unreported airplane crash at the Edgar County Airport, with rumors of "a deer ran out in front of it on landing" to "we were testing the generator and were not flying" to "Jerry Griffin was not in the plane" to "Jerry Griffin was a passenger" to "Jerry Griffin was the flight instructor for the owner's daughter who came in on a hard landing" to "nobody saw anything and nobody knows how the plane got from the runway into the hangar after it crashed".
One thing that we already proved a lie, was Jerry Griffin stating the crash happened in June or July before he was the airport manager - but the receipts for fuel purchased showed the airplane involved in the crash was fueled up in August - after he was the manager.
Questions are still out there, and answers are slowly trickling in...but the main questions still need an answer" Why lie? and Why keep it a secret?
I suspect both answers will lead to the need to keep things from the insurance company so they will still pay out on the claims.