- July 30, 2008, 7:22 AM
Bombardier Learjet 36A, Newport News, Va., March 26, 2007–The NTSB said that the Learjet accident was caused by foreign object debris (FOD) on the runway. Failure of the drag chute contributed to the accident. The aircraft was taking off from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport when the crew heard a loud “pop.” Aborting the takeoff, the crew tried to control the “fishtailing” and activate the drag chute. The chute didn’t work and the Learjet ran off the runway, its tires blown. Airport personnel reported seeing rocks and pieces of metal on the runway after the accident. The chute had been inspected three months before the accident but it was not deployed and repacked by mechanics in accordance with the maintenance manual instructions.