Small Jet Slides Off Runway At Tulsa International Airport

Thursday, June 11th 2015, 5:43 pm
By: Richard Clark

A small jet airplane slid off the runway as it landed at Tulsa International Airport Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened at about 1:15 p.m.

A passenger in a jetliner that landed shortly after the smaller jet said the plane landed on its belly. However, a spokeswoman for the airport said a tire on the jet had a blowout and the plane rolled off the runway into the grass.

A man who says he saw it happen Tweeted a photo that shows the jet on the grass with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles nearby.

John Godwin told News On 6 he and several co-workers were outside the hangar where they work when they heard a loud bang from the runway. He saw the front of the aircraft bounce on its nose gear. 

"The jet stopped quickly and three people wearing flight suits and helmets got out of the plane," he said.

The pilot of another airplane told controllers over the radio that the HondaJet landed on the runway to the west, veered off onto the grass then back onto the runway. He said it appeared the jet wasn't seriously damaged.