UPDATED: December 9, 2014 7 p.m.
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WNEW) — Residents of the Gaithersburg neighborhood where a jet crash killed six people on Monday say low flying planes have been a problem in the area for quite some time and they have previously complained to the FAA.
Ja’mie Rebecca says she lives only about 200 yards from the site where a twin-engine jet plummeted to the ground on Drop Forge Lane, killing six people, including a mother and two young children inside their home.
“When we had the earthquake a few years ago we just assumed it was a low flying plane because it shakes the house with how low some of these people are,” Rebecca said.
She says she has repeatedly complained to the FAA about low flying aircrafts in her neighborhood that are so loud they make her house shake.
Rebecca added that the Gemmell family themselves had complained and were considering moving.
Rebecca said she thinks planes should fly over a nearby park rather than homes to reduce sound and increase safety.
But Keith Miller, CEO of the Montgomery County Revenue Department, says that isn’t necessarily possible.
“You really can’t adjust the final approach of your pattern in the conclusion or take off of an aircraft,” Miller says.
Rebecca says she has noticed more jets like the Embraer EMB-500 that crashed have been flying into the airport in recent years.
Miller says he doesn’t believe there are more jets flying over the area, however, he also says exact records on jets versus non-jet aircraft aren’t kept.
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