Tue, May 31, 2005
Pilot Rushed To Hospital, In "Fair" Condition
For the third time this year, a
general aviation aircraft went down at New Jersey's Teterboro
Airport, injuring the pilot who was alone on board.
The SA226T Merlin was on approach to TEB, according to
witnesses, when it began to "sound odd." Authorities said the pilot
reported engine problems.
"They saw the plane banking back and forth, left and right, as
it was landing," Bill Stevick, general manager of United Show Case,
Inc., told WINS Radio News. United Show Case is a business located
across the street from the runway.
As the aircraft touched down, one wing dug into the ground and
the aircraft ground-looped, he said. "It actually tore the right
Airport operations were suspended for more than three hours
after the mishap, according to authorities.
The pilot of the aircraft was taken to a local hospital where
authorities said he was in "fair" condition.
As ANN reported last March, a Hawker
bizjet slid off the end of the runway after landing, winding up in
the mud about 250 feet from the end of the strip at TEB. That was
about a month after a Challenger 600 overran the end of the runway
and rammed into a warehouse across a busy highway. In all, some 20
people were hurt.
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