Mon, May 16, 2005
May Jeopardize Future of Bader Field
A small business jet attempting to land at Bader Field Airport
(KAIY) went into the bay around 1630 EDT at Atlantic City, New
Jersey. No one was seriously injured, but four people on board
suffered minor injuries. (OnScene Photos by ANN Contributor Dennis
"The plane had no business being at this airport," said Mark
Klieger, the airport facilities manager, in an interview with ANN.
He said that the airport is closed to jets (and is widely
published to that effect).
He was concerned that this incident and resulting bad publicity
could force the closure of the airport, which has been threatened
recently. The twin engine jet (OY-JET) is a Cessna Citation CJ2,
An airport worker saw the jet do a low pass over runway 22 (2445
feet) where it flew close to a baseball stadium before turning back
to the airport to approach runway 11 (2948 feet). A call from a
neighbor prompted Klieger to go outside in time to see the aircraft
attempt to land on runway 11.
Klieger said that the jet appeared to come in 'too fast,' and
was unable to stop before going off the end of the runway into the
water. Nearby boaters rescued the four on board, but the drama was
just getting started.
Although the powerplants had reportedly been shut down, one
of the engines either restarted or was throttled up, propelling the
aircraft forward before it settled in. Bizarre as it may seem,
according to Klieger, it was clearly moving through the water.
The police were moving to evacuate homes but then the aircraft
hit a sand bar, and spun back around before the engine eventually
shut down. After the accident, the pilot reported that he had had
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