A correction — and an apology

October 11, 2013 by

Regular readers know that I write a weekly post here called “Strange but true general aviation news.” It was created to offer a light-hearted roundup of stories pointing out unusual events that happen under the GA banner, including stories on unique aviation technology and folks doing some interesting things in and around aircraft.

In the May 20 edition of the column, I reported on a story in Record-Journal about a pilot who made an emergency landing at Connecticut’s Meriden-Markham Airport. I inadvertently named the pilot who made the landing as as Jeffrey Standel. While Standel is a pilot, he was was not flying the aircraft. Instead, he was merely a bystander who was quoted in the newspaper article.  I will contact Mr. Standel and offer him an apology for my mistake.

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4 Responses to “A correction — and an apology”

  1. Gabriel RINCON Says:

    I applaud your sense of integrity.

    Most people just “let it slide…”


  2. Cary Alburn Says:

    Pencils have rubber ends for a reason. Apologize, yes; chastise yourself, no.

  3. Steve Henley Says:

    Integrity in reporting requires truth, which was your apparent intent, and accuracy, which requires verification of sources and content. Most likely Mr Standel will be a gentleman and accept your correction and apology, but would not this embarrassment have been prevented had you first contacted him, for his comments on the story, prior to publishing. sh/ 10/27/13@2145

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