Landing Jet Struck Mower At RDG Last Weekend
It could have been a lot worse... though as it stands, there are
many questions to be answered regarding the ground collision last
weekend between a Cessna Citation jet and a mowing tractor at
Reading Regional Airport (RDG) in Pennsylvania.
According to the Reading Eagle, the Citation II was rolling out
after landing August 3 at the Allentown airport when its left wing
impacted the tractor, which was reportedly crossing the runway at
the towered field.
The resulting impact, which occurred at 3:30 pm local time,
didn't hurt anyone, but it did result in a fuel spill. "He was most
fortunate," NTSB investigator Daniel Bartlett said of the mower
driver. "It was an amazing accident."
Though the incident did close the runway for several hours, the
airport remained open, officials said.
Investigators add it could be months before the Board officially
determines whether the tractor's driver or the Citation's pilot was
to blame for the collision.
Make/Model: C501 Description: 501
Date: 08/03/2008 Time: 1918
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: READING State: PA Country:
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING ROLLOUT, COLLIDED WITH A LAWN TRACTOR ON
THE RUNWAY, NO
INJURIES REPORTED, READING, PA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Landing Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: ALLENTOWN, PA
Entry date: 08/04/2008