Monday, March 26, 2007

Falcon 900 slides off runway at Rifle, Colorado

RILA Falcon 900 aircraft slid off the runway after landing at Garfield County Airport (RIL) in Rifle, Colorado this past Friday evening. There were no injuries to the people on board, but the preliminary report about the incident posted on the FAA website lists damage to the aircraft as "substantial."

No further details were included in the FAA report, however an article about the event published in the Aspen Daily News quoted airport manager Brian Condie, who said that the runway was wet at the time of the accident. The aircraft was towed to a hangar.

Condie also said that about 500 gallons of jet fuel spilled in the accident, and that RIL was closed for several hours on Friday night and early Saturday morning as a result. At least one inbound aircraft was diverted to another airport.

FAA records list Ohana Aircraft Ltd, LLC of Redwood City, CA as the registered owner of the aircraft. The Aspen Daily News says that the jet is leased to XOJet. Click here to view a photo of the aircraft, taken in 2003.

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