November 1, 2011

Update on plane crash at Key West airport

 This morning, the FAA is on the scene. Key West airport is open for operations, but the plane remains in place pending an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

The crash took place at 7:45 p.m.  Monday. The Gulfstream G150 aircraft was landing when, according to co-pilot Jay Luckwaldt, the pilot, James Klepper announced he had no brakes. The co-pilot said he also attempted to brake but said he had no pressure. The aircraft came to rest in a runway safety area, about 800 feet from the runway and about three feet from an airport perimeter fence. The four passengers – pilot, co-pilot and passengers Rick and Linda Hendrick of Charlotte, North Carolina, were walking away from the plane when Deputy Maureen Smith arrived on the scene, along with Monroe County Fire/Rescue.

The two passengers complained of pain; the decision was made to transport all four people to Lower Keys Hospital to be checked for injuries. A small amount of fuel spilled into an adjacent salt pond – estimates are less than 300 gallons. Containment booms were set up by the fire department until the fuel could be cleaned up.

The runway was closed for approximately an hour, but was reopened because none of the wreckage impacted the landing area.

The FAA and NTSB were notified and will be investigating.

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