Business Jet Crashes Off Runway At Chinese Airport

CENPublished: May 22, 2018
Published: May 22, 2018

By John Feng

Hundreds of passengers were delayed at an airport after a business jet attempting a landing skidded off the runway in dramatic fashion.

The Gulfstream G200 was carrying four people, its operator Star Jet Co. Ltd said in a statement, adding that it was undergoing pilot training at Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport at the time.

Images captured the moment the jet shot off the runway to the left, leaving a cloud of dust in its wake as it veered across the tarmac once more and stopped on the right side, stopping some 230 feet from his intended landing spot.

While a picture taken in the aftermath of the accident showed the plane body to be intact, its undercarriage was completely destroyed and its fuel tank also burst, reports said.

A preliminary investigation into the incident in Yangzhou City in East China’s Jiangsu Province has revealed that mechanical failure - specifically a broken rear wheel - caused the aircraft to skid out of control.

Fortunately, none of the four on board were injured.

However, the incident did cause a temporary closure of the airport, which delayed flights and affected more than 700 people.

Shanghai-based Star Jet Co. Ltd said it was "deeply sorry" for the inconvenience caused by the incident, and that it was investigating the accident together with civil aviation authorities.

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