Aborted Falcon 900 Takeoff Ends in Overrun

 - June 14, 2007, 8:51 AM

A Falcon 900 ran off Runway 25 while departing from California’s Santa Barbara Airport at 2:15 pm on June 10. According to an airport authority statement, Falcon N914DD “experienced a malfunction” that caused the pilots to abort the takeoff. “The pilot applied the brakes 1,600 feet before reaching the runway end with the aircraft coming to rest about 400 feet beyond the runway.” None of the 13 passengers or two pilots was injured. Airport director Karen Ramsdell attributes the lack of injuries to the airport’s new runway safety areas, added last year. To build the prescribed safety area at the end of Runway 25, engineers moved Tecolotito Creek 320 feet farther west of the runway end. Had the creek still been in the same location, the jet likely would have suffered more damage. As it was, no fuel leaked and there was no fire. N914DD is registered to Kerry Acquisitions of Concord, Mass.