Author Topic: Aborted takeoff sends Hawker 800XP off runway and closes Aspen Airport  (Read 2001 times)

Offline KB4TEZ

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A winter holiday weekend means Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is populated with business jet arrivals and departures every few minutes. This President's Day weekend was no different with the added factor of gusty winds for those attempting to land or depart from the airport.

A Hawker 800XP business jet -- N99AP owned by Roper Aviation LLC -- was bound for Austin, Texas with four passengers and two crew members when it skidded off Runway 33 at ASE and came to rest on the airport property during takeoff Monday morning. The passengers and crew were able to safely evacuate the aircraft and no injuries were reported.

At this time, it is unclear to the public what the cause was, but the aircraft was moved that night to a staging area for the NTSB and FAA to investigate.

A few aircraft waiting in sequence behind the Hawker to depart were forced to return to the ramp as the airport was closed for approximately nine hours before reopening late Monday night.

In the ATC audio released on YouTube, the Air Traffic Controller informed the crew of N99Ap that the winds were 160 at 16 gusting to 25 as they were cleared for takeoff. This could mean that a takeoff on Runway 33 would result in almost a direct tailwind. There was no precipitation at the time and the clouds were reported to be scattered at 4,000 and broken at 7,000.