Sedona: Jet skids off runway, down cliff

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by Tyler Baldwin

azfamily.com

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Updated Thursday, May 26 at 1:41 PM

SEDONA, Ariz. – Max McIntyre and his friend were hiking up Cathedral Rock just south of the Sedona Airport when they saw a plane fly in for a landing at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Max McIntyre describes what happened next. "The airplane did a turn and came down and landed. I started talking to my friend Wood who was up the mountain a little higher and, all of a sudden, I look and I see the plane tumbling off the side of the runway and it stops a couple of hundred feet from the end of the runway."

The plane was flying in from San Jose, California with two crew members and three passengers onboard. No one was injured.

However, several people were rushed to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

The plane belongs to JetSuite, a new airline out of California that charters exclusively Phenom 100's. They have 12 planes in their fleet and have numerous daily flights all over the southwest.

Alex Wilcox, CEO for JetSuite, says, "For whatever reason, they did not slow the airplane down enough to exit or taxi as normal, and they went off the end of the runway."

According to their CEO they have never had an incident like this before, and they are sending a crew to the wreckage site for a thorough investigation.

Wilcox says, "We are sending two technicians tonight to Sedona to investigate tomorrow in daylight along with the NTSB and the FAA."

It’s unclear why the plane overran the runway or if the crash was human -caused or a mechanical issue.

Wilcox says, "The captain is a very experienced guy. He's got over 24,000 hours of total time and over 500 hours on this particular airplane."

The Phenom 100 has an estimated cost of $3.6 million.
 

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