Jet crash is 6th major accident at Teterboro in past 12 years – NJ.com

Monday’s crash of a Lear Jet approaching Teterboro Airport is the sixth major accident that has taken place at the Bergen County facility since 2005.

The Learjet 35 twin-jet was approaching Runway 1 at Teterboro just before 3:30 p.m. when it went down near Kero Road about 1/4 mile from the airport, according to the FAA. 

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to arrive Tuesday morning to join the probe, the agency said.

The general aviation, airport owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is frequently used by business travelers and by recreational pilots.

Here’s a look at the accidents which have taken place at the airport:

On Feb. 3. 2005, a Chicago bound charter jet attempted to take off, skidded off a runway and shot across a major highway into a warehouse, injuring 11 people on the plane and two people in a car.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that a weight imbalance forced the pilot to abort takeoff, that sent the jet careening through an airport perimeter fence and across six lanes of Route 46. It clipped two cars on the highway before smashing into a warehouse.

The crash also resulted in federal charges being brought against seven Platinum Jet Management LLC employees. The U.S. Attorney charged the company conspired with pilots and other company officials to regularly overload planes with fuel, falsified documents and skirted federal safety regulations to maximize profits on hundreds of flights between 2002 and 2005.

The company’s two founders were convicted. Two others employees pleaded guilty. Charges were dropped against a sixth defendant. Another executive pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted using unqualified pilots to fly the charters.

On May, 31, 2005, a twin engined plane making it’s final approach to Teterboro from Nantucket crashed after the right wing separated from the aircraft, hit the runway and sent the plane into a field.  The pilot received minor injuries, reported NYC Aviation.   

On June 17, 2007, two planes had a minor collision in the intersections of runway 19 and 24 after an air taxi bound for Baltimore struck another  aircraft’s tail section, according to a Federal Aviation Administration report. No passengers were on either aircraft and no crew members were injured. 

On Aug. 21, 2009, a small twin-engine airplane carrying blood specimens crashed in a parking lot on Route 46 and burst into flames as it approached Teterboro Airport.

The plane’s pilot tried to abort a landing at the airport and flew over the highway, clipped a 35-foot tree in front of a business and crashed into a grassy area of a neighboring warehouse parking lot at Route 46 and Industrial Avenue, authorities said. Pilot George Maddox and co-pilot Sanil Gopinath were seriously injured in the fiery crash and Maddox died two weeks later.

On Oct. 1, 2010, a private jet landing at Teterboro Airport overshot the runway and was stopped by an arrester bed, which is designed to crumble under the weight of the aircraft. Seven passengers and two pilots were aboard the G-4 Gulfstream, officials said.

On Oct. 21, 2013, the rear landing gear of a small plane collapsed after it touched down at Teterboro Airport, which caused the plane to skid off the runway onto a grassy median. The pilot, who was the only person on board, declined medical treatment.

Larry Higgs may be reached at lhiggs@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @commutinglarry. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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