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Aircraft damaged by Sandy could cost millions to fix


Insurance claims could eventually total several million dollars for general aviation aircraft damaged at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Connecticut. The airport sits just above sea level on Long Island Sound and was inundated by the storm surge from superstorm Sandy. While the airport opened several days after the storm passed, its lights and navigational aides sustained extensive damage. As many as 100 planes based at the field sustained some level of damage, mostly from flooding. While some may just need repairs to landing gear corroded by salt water, others may end up being totaled, since the salt water likely infiltrated the fuselages and wings of low-wing aircraft. AOPA counted a dozen aircraft as total losses this week, but noted that it had not surveyed all aircraft insurance companies, and not all planes have been assessed for damage yet.