Wind Shift Possible Factor in Premier I Overrun

 - April 2, 2007, 8:28 AM

A Raytheon Premier I that ran off the runway on landing at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) on May 27 might have gotten caught in a wind shift from a crosswind to a quartering tailwind moments before touching down. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger, but the aircraft was substantially damaged, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. The airplane touched down on 5,004-foot-long Runway 7 at 3:57 p.m. A routine weather report issued for VGT at 3:53 p.m. showed the wind from 160 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots, and a temperature of 36 degrees C. But a special weather report issued for VGT 15 minutes after the accident showed that the wind was from 190 degrees at 14 knots, and that the wind shift actually occurred four minutes before the airplane landed. The aircraft, N5010X, is a Raytheon Aircraft demonstrator on lease. This is the sixth reported overrun involving a Premier I and the second such incident in the U.S.