On July 3, Brewster County Deputies responded to a plane crash near Highway 118, North of Alpine. A cargo plane was attempting to return to the airport, due to mechanical problems, following takeoff. The pilot was transported for treatment. The crash is still under investigation.
“Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport (IATA: ALE, FAA LID: E38) is a city-owned public-use airport located two miles (3 km) northwest of the central business district of Alpine… It supports two small runways, and is not meant for large commercial planes. Alpine-Casparis is the only airport in Brewster County, and provides air services to most of the area.”
“The airport provides Alpine with a modest sum of money. Being the only airport in the general area, and very close to the largest city in the county, makes it an adequate stop for small commercial or private aircraft. It is not uncommon for the airport’s three hangars to be full during the summer, when air travel in the area is at its highest. Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport earns the city about $908,000 a year. The airport provides 17 jobs to the city, and has an average of 2100 patrons annually. The airport itself is used for recreational flying, flight training, small cargo shipping, refueling stops, and medical flights.”–Source