Learjet seriously damaged in hard landing

 - March 28, 2007, 12:08 PM

An Airnet Systems Learjet 35A on a Part 135 cargo flight was seriously damaged March 19 during a failed attempted to abort the landing. The two pilots were not injured. According to the NTSB, N800AW was too high during the approach to the 6,000-foot runway at Oneida County Airport, Utica, N.Y. The copilot decreased engine power, but the sink rate became “too great” and the crew initiated a go-around. However, the airplane landed hard before the engines could spool up. It came to rest about 20 feet off the left side of the runway near mid-field. Columbus, Ohio-based Airnet Systems operates more than 40 Learjets in air-taxi, cargo and passenger service.