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Media Advisory - MD-80 Event Rescheduled for Tonight

American Airlines is donating a $6 million, 140-passenger MD-80 aircraft to the George T. Baker Aviation School in Miami, making it one of the only aviation schools in the country  with a commercial airliner on school grounds.

What: This project consists of lifting the 39-ton plane from the ramp at Miami International Airport over State Road 112 and LeJeune Road, using a 500-ton crane equipped with a 400-foot telescoping boom. The plane will then be hauled to the Aviation School. This engineering feat involves closing roadways, runways, removing light poles, trees, fencing and building a temporary gravel road. Partners include: Federal Aviation Administration, Florida Department of Transportation, General Crane USA, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Police Department, Odebrecht, Transportation Security Administration, C3TS and T.Y. Lin International. 

When: Thursday, May 20, 12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Media must arrive before 11:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 19.  
  • SR-112 Closure Starts at 12:00 a.m. and LeJeune Road Closure Starts at 1:00 a.m. 
  • North and Southbound SR-953 /LeJeune Road (NW 42nd Avenue), including East and Westbound SR-112 between NW 36 Street and NW 25 Street will be completely closed. Drivers wishing to go North or South on LeJeune Road or West or Eastbound on SR-112 will need to follow the posted detour signs. Police vehicles will be on site assisting drivers through the detour               routes. Access to and from Miami International Airport will be maintained at all times through NW 37 Avenue (Douglas Road) and NW 21 Street 
Where: George T. Baker Aviation School parking lot, 3275 Northwest 42nd Avenue, Miami. If you are planning to cover the MD-80 donation, RSVP to Christine Bucan, christine@thinkbsg.com.

Interview Media Info: opportunities will be available with all project partners. 
Contact:    Christine Bucan, Beber Silverstein Group, 305-929-9723/305-542-8855, christine@thinkbsg.com  
Source: American Airlines; Odebrecht; Miami-Dade County

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