FBI contacts WMU in routine check of aviation schools
Sept. 13, 2001
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--In a statement issued to the media today at the WMU College of Aviation at W. K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, a Western Michigan University official acknowledged that the University had been contacted by the FBI as part of a routine check of aviation schools throughout the nation in connection with terrorist attacks on the United States earlier this week.
"As a leading aviation education institution, we fully expected to be contacted by the FBI," said Matt Kurz, associate vice president for university relations. "We would, in fact, have been surprised if we had not been contacted."
Official statement by WMU spokesperson Matt Kurz
"Western Michigan University was contacted by the FBI Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of the overall federal investigation into the tragic events in the nation earlier this week.
"The University, because of its position in the international community as a leading aviation education institution, fully expected to be contacted by the FBI. We would, in fact, have been surprised if we had not been contacted.
"It is unfortunate that early news reports mischaracterized the University's conversation with FBI officials. The FBI contact with the University was purely routine, and the University does not expect any further contact with the agency on the matter."
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