North Shore Senator rebuts statement from Senator Schatz
Senator Gil Riviere issued the following statement today:
"I am very disappointed with the statement made by Senator Brian Schatz calling for the closure of Dillingham Airfield. It is irresponsible to make such a definitive statement about the accident and the airfield before any facts of the matter have been established.
"The two pilots who lost their lives today were highly qualified aviators, devoted to the love of flight. They were very well liked and respected, trained countless new pilots, and eagerly shared their passion for aviation. These men absolutely loved to fly at Dillingham Airfield, so a call to shut down the airport within hours of their loss is truly insensitive and misinformed. God bless these good men, their loved ones and everyone who had the pleasure to know them."
Senator Gil Riviere represents Hawaii Senate District 23. He lives in Waialua, just a few miles of Dillingham Airfield.