Sawyer International Airport

Small plane crashes at Sawyer

Jan 6, 2015

SAWYER, MI (AP)--   Authorities are blaming high winds for the crash of a single-engine plane as it tried to take off from Sawyer International Airport Monday.   

The pilot escaped injury. 

Officials say the Cessna flipped around 3:30 p.m.  The plane sustained significant damage and the crash temporarily halted air traffic.

An investigation is continuing.

UPDATE (8/27)--  The Marquette County Sheriff's Department says information received through social media led to the confirmation of a sighting of the missing woman in Marquette.  She was located around 9:45 Wednesday morning in the city, in good health and not in any danger. 

Officials say she could not board her flight at Sawyer because her passport was expired.


SAWYER, MI--   Authorities in Marquette County are asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing woman.  

Tanker develops problems, lands at Sawyer

Jul 9, 2014

SAWYER, MI--   A U.S. Air Force KC-135 air refueling plane made an emergency landing at Sawyer International Airport after it developed problems in-flight Tuesday.  

The aircraft was coming from Milwaukee and taking part in a touch-and-go landing drill when it apparently had a hydraulics issue and landed at the airport around 5 p.m. 

The tanker, which had been based at the former KI Sawyer Air Force Base, had 6,000 gallons of fuel and a crew of three aboard.

Sawyer Manager Duane DuRay says the plane radioed air controllers about 25 minutes before touching down.

Sawyer numbers up

Jan 14, 2014

SAWYER, MI--   More passengers used Sawyer International Airport last year than in 2012.  

Officials say 83,799 passengers traveled to or through the airport in 2013.  That’s 7,798 more passengers—or a 10.26 percent increase—over 2012 numbers. 

Airport Manager Duane DuRay says negotiations with American and Delta Airlines are underway.  He believes if the passenger trend continues at Sawyer the airport could offer additional service.

SAWYER, MI (AP)--   Plans call for the runway at Sawyer International Airport to be shortened by more than 3,000 feet after a federal funding cut. 

The Marquette County Board voted unanimously this week on the plan.

The length of the 150-foot-wide runway will be reduced from 12,366 feet to 9,000 feet, and an adjacent taxiway will be shortened.  Officials say they hope to keep the runway at its current length through 2016.

SAWYER, MI--   The Federal Aviation Administration has delayed the closure of 149 air traffic control towers across the country, giving Sawyer International Airport a few weeks of reprieve.  

Airport Manager Duane DuRay says the move came in response to lawsuits against the agency, and will let the FAA get its ducks in a row.

SAWYER, MI--   The air traffic control tower at Sawyer International Airport is among 149 across the country slated to close as a result of federal cuts.  

The Federal Aviation Administration released the list Friday.  FAA officials say the towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency’s sequestration implementation plan to cut $637 million from its budget. 

Some small- to medium-sized towers on the initial closure list will remain open because it’s in the national interest. 

SAWYER, MI--   The air traffic control tower at Sawyer International Airport is one of six in Michigan slated to close early next month as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for the service. 

The shutdowns are part of the FAA's move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts.  They affect mostly small- and medium-size airports.

Sawyer Manager Duane Duray says the airport would continue to operate if the tower were to shut down, but it would lose one of its levels of safety.  Duray believes any shutdown would be temporary. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says a juvenile is in custody in connection with a series of false bomb threats made last week. 

The threats were called in to North Star Academy, Sawyer International Airport, the Sawyer Medical Center, Northern Michigan University, and Marquette General Hospital on Friday.

Deputies say the suspect’s identity was discovered shortly after the threat to the Medical Center was received.  The juvenile was taken into custody, then transported to Marquette General Hospital for psychiatric treatment. 

John Flesher / AP

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport soon will have a new airport manager and a director of operations.

Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch announced hires for both jobs.

Duane Duray accepted the airport manager's job and will start work at Sawyer in October. Erbisch says Duray has been employed at the Gogebic-Iron County Airport since 1992 and has been the manager there since 2006.