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Tallahassee International Airport explains safety measures taken after plane crash

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 17:33:47-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — We're learning more about what happened moments before a small plane crashed in Tallahassee.

The NTSB is now in charge of figuring out exactly what led to the crash.

While it doesn't happen often, the Tallahassee International Airport says they are prepared for those emergency situations.

A small plane crashed Tuesday afternoon about four miles from the airport. Ahead of the crash, audio from air traffic reveals that the pilot called air traffic control about issues with his engine.

While he was hoping to make it to TLH, there was no guarantee at that point so the airport crew put their plan into action.

"Our plan breaks out into different sections and different functions of area of responsibility. This is something that we prepare for and practice on a very frequent basis," said Jim Durwin, the deputy director of aviation at TLH. "We want to make sure we are providing the highest levels of safety and security for all of our customers and users of the Tallahassee Airport."

Durwin says he is proud of how is team was able to make this plan work.

So far, the NTSB has not said who was on the plane. Nor do we know their conditions.