Factual Report :WAKE VORTICES DOWN CHALLENGER

 - September 14, 2006, 5:05 AM

Bombardier CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–Landing on Runway 15 at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, the Bramblebush Challenger, N900LG, encountered wake vortices from a BAe 146 that had just taken off from Runway 33. When the Challenger was 50 feet from the runway, it rolled hard to the left and the stall warning sounded. (Seconds before the stall warning, the CVR recorded the comment, “plus five sinking five.”) The ATP-rated pilot added power and the jet rolled hard to the right. Although the pilot was able to stop the roll, the nose dropped and the right main gear hit the runway. Reducing power to idle, the pilot tried to stay on the runway centerline. The gear strut penetrated the right wing and its leading edge was crushed aft and the spar bent and buckled. None of the three people on board was injured.