Frax Ops Have Propensity for Runway Overruns

 - October 4, 2007, 7:01 AM

Of the few accidents that have occurred to fractional aircraft (none of them fatal), runway overruns are the most common. There were three such events since February (none resulting in serious injuries), including one in which a NetJets Citation 560 was destroyed in the overrun crash and subsequent fire May 2 at Real County Airport in Leakey, Texas. This was the first fractional jet totally destroyed in an accident. The other two recent overrun accidents involved Flight Options aircraft: a Mitsubishi Diamond on February 10 at the company’s home field (Cleveland Cuyahoga) in IMC and light snow (with only crew aboard); and a Beechjet 400A in VMC conditions on May 1 at Baltimore Washington International Airport (four passengers and two crew). Both Flight Options airplanes were substantially damaged.