The Air Traffic Control Squadron talks about emergencies and protocol

Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 2:24 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - After the fatal Memorial Day plane crash in Cheyenne, we’re looking at how local air traffic controllers handle those kinds of emergencies.

The Air National Guard is speaking about its role in emergency flight situations and in keeping airspaces safe.

“The Wyoming Air National Guard actually mans the tower here. We provide the service that a lot of the airport needs. First and foremost, we are always thinking about the mission first and just keeping our airmen and our pilots safe,” said Sr. A. Sung moon, 243rd ATCS Wyoming Air National Guard.

The Wyoming Air National Guard controls year-round Cheyenne air traffic for both civilian and military flights. It also has a mobile unit they take when deployed.

Its base has its fire department and other tools to deal with any crisis.

“If there is an incident, then our controllers follow protocol, ring the crash phone, we’ve got security forces, we’ve got fire department, we’ve got airfield management, the emts, everyone on site as quickly as possible in order to address the situation,” said Don Hochhalter, Commander 243rd ATCS Wyoming Air National Guard.

Cheyenne has 3 military entities in one town, the Army National Guard, the active-duty Air Force, and the Air National Guard.

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