Preliminary Report: Falcon overruns on takeoff
Dassault Falcon 900, Santa Barbara, Calif., June 10, 2007 – As the Falcon 900 was taking off from Runway 25 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, the nose failed to come up when the ATP-rated pilot called “Rotate” and the ATP copilot pulled back on the yoke. The copilot told investigators, “I continued to pull back on the yoke until it was all the way back in my chest, but there was still no response. The nose wouldn’t come off the ground.” The pilot then aborted the takeoff but couldn’t stop the jet before it ran off the departure end of the runway, substantially damaging the forward section of the pressure vessel, just aft of the nosegear attach point; the nosegear separated from the fuselage.
None of the 15 people on board was injured. The Falcon is registered to Kerry Acquisition of Concord, Mass., and operated by Trishan Air
of Santa Barbara.