OWLS HEAD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Its been almost a year since a tragic plane crash killed three young men at the Knox County Airport in Owls Head. The single engine plane hit a pickup truck on the runway just before takeoff, then crashed into the woods.
The National Transportation Safety Board hasn't released its final report on the accident yet, but airport officials have still made some changes since the crash.
The pickup was crossing the runway to reach the private airplane hangars on the opposite side. Knox County's lawyer, Peter Marchesi, says the airport had followed all the FAA regulations about training and procedures for vehicles on the runway. But the airport has just completed a new access road, that goes around the end of the runway to reach the hangars. He says this means only airport maintenance vehicles and the FAA should ever need to be on the runway now.
The airport has also installed new equipment to record all the radio traffic between airplanes and vehicles on the ground. Manager Jeff Northgraves that's already helped them remind both pilots and drivers about following safety procedures.
Among other rules they have reinforced - vehicles open the runway need to have a flashing light on the roof. The truck in that crash was privately owned and didn't have one. Attorney Peter Marchesi says there's no way to know if that would have made any difference.
Marchesi says an out of court settlement with families of the crash victims put most of the financial burden on the truck driver and the company he worked for. He says Knox County was only required to pay about 15-thousand dollars of a nearly four million dollar settlement.