A possible emergency was avoided at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto Tuesday night. A private plane that had taken off from the airport had to turn around and return to the facility after the pilot noticed a gauge was indicating problems with an overheating battery. When the plane touched down, the airport’s new fire truck was put into service.
On that new truck is a piece of equipment called a FLIR – or Forward Looking Infra Red. Airport Manager David Miller tells The Big Z it showed there were no battery issues, but showed the heat signature from the engines, brakes, and auxiliary power unit:
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Later Tuesday evening several calls came in to the airport about a low – flying plane. Miller says West Star Aviation was wrapping up work for a foreign customer and had to give it a test run before it went back Wednesday morning. While not a common occurrence, Miller says all parties must work together to mitigate excess noise, especially at night.