Thursday, September 27, 2012

Concord Regional Airport (KJQF), North Carolina: Construction forces plane wrong way, gets stuck in mud

Photo by Scott Speed (

Operations at a local airport have been temporarily suspended after construction reportedly forced a plane to go the wrong way down a runway and it got stuck in the mud.

According to officials at the Concord Regional Airport, construction at the airport caused a pilot to go the wrong way down a runway while taxing on Thursday.

The plane ran off the runway and reportedly got stuck in a muddy field.

The incident has forced the airport to suspend operations while the plane is moved.

The plane was a chartered 737 operated by Miami Air, which is commonly used by race teams.

WBTV has learned that the plane was supposed to be taking NASCAR people to Dover, Delaware.

Photos posted on Twitter by driver Scott Speed show the left wheel stuck in the muddy grass.

The airport’s Twitter account says it is waiting for specialized equipment to come in to help get the plane unstuck.

Well, this sucks. A charter flight carrying several NASCAR drivers – including Casey Mears, Scott Speed, Landon Cassill, Travis Kvapil, David Stremme and Paul Menard – got stuck in the mud at Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport on Thursday afternoon while taxiing to take off for Dover.

Some NASCAR teams use charter flights to ferry crew members back and forth from the track instead of using their own plane. That was the case for those who were stuck on Thursday.
As you can imagine, the passengers on the flight had plenty to say about their experience (and ongoing delay):

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