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Councilman: Airport takeover means more air traffic to Hawkins Field

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes said he remains concerned about the attempt by the state to take control of the Jackson-Medger Wiley Evers International Airport.

He said that will mean air traffic would increase to Hawkins Field as well, from dozens to potentially hundreds of planes.

Hawkins Field sits close to his constituents in Ward 3.

Stokes said plane crashes in recent years around the rural airport mean that increased traffic could be even more hazardous to his residents.

"When you start talking about planes coming out here, then you're talking about changing the flight path. Now what we want to make sure is that the flight path is not going to be changed in such a manner where planes will continue to come or start coming over these neighborhoods, these homes," Stokes said. "We want to make sure when these planes -- if a plane crash -- that no citizen will be killed or hurt or harmed."

Over the last five years, at least two small planes crashed in Hinds County in connection with Hawkins Field, one near a residential neighborhood.

Those opposing the state takeover have not yet substantiated Stokes' claim that air traffic at Hawkins Field would increase as a result.

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