All WMU aircraft and crews safe and secure
Sept. 11, 2001
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--The Federal Aviation Administration officially grounded all U.S. aircraft this morning shortly after apparent terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
Western Michigan University aviation officials immediately began collecting information on the whereabouts of each of its aircraft. As of 10:40 a.m., all WMU aircraft were accounted for and were on the ground--some at airports across the state as student flyers curtailed cross-country flights and responded to the FAA closing of U.S. air space by landing at the nearest airports.
The last three aircraft to report in landed at Michigan airports in Marshall, Mount Pleasant and Lakeview. Vehicles have been dispatched to retrieve the pilots and return them to the WMU campus.
All aviation operations at WMU's facilities at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek have been suspended until further notice.
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