Monday, April 4, 2016

Cessna 560, N819QS: Incident occurred April 02, 2016 at St. George Regional Airport (KSGU), Washington County, Utah

http://registry.faa.gov/N819QS

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.




ST. GEORGE – A mechanical malfunction on a chartered aircraft attempting to land at the St. George Regional Airport Saturday resulted in a 10-hour closure of the airport’s runway and the cancellation of three SkyWest Airlines flights.

A Cessna Citation N819QS, belonging to Direct Jet, inbound from Salt Lake City, landed at the St. George airport at approximately 1:30 p.m., said Brad Kitchen, the airport’s operations supervisor.

“Upon landing at St. George, the brakes locked up due to mechanical malfunction,” Kitchen said. “The aircraft skidded both left and right main gears approximately 2,000 feet before the tires blew and rims skidded to a stop.”

The pilot of the aircraft had no advance warning as the mechanical malfunction became evident upon landing, Kitchen said.





Airport Fire Rescue AR-21 responded to the scene along with Airport Operations staff, Kitchen said, and reported seeing “hot wheels with a small amount of smoke.”

Fire crews stood by while aircraft was evacuated. Passengers were led to the Above View FBO & Jet Center where they were picked up, Kitchen said. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Kitchen issued several Federal Aviation Administration NOTAMs – Notice to Airmen – closing runway 19 at 1:30 p.m., he said, before reopening the runway at approximately 11:30 p.m.

“With both tires blown, the rims damaged, and the brake calipers damaged,” he said, “it took this amount of time to remove the aircraft from the runway.”

The runway closure resulted in the cancellation of SkyWest Airlines’ outbound flight to Denver and two inbound flights from Salt Lake City, Kitchen said.




NOTAMS were later adjusted, he said, to allow small aircraft to depart on the remaining 5,000 feet of runway.

Airport personnel along with mechanics from Gama Aviation, of Las Vegas, worked through the night to remove the aircraft from the runway and get the runway open.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.


Original article can be found here: http://www.cedarcityutah.com

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