Saturday, October 31, 2015

Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1, N489HC: Incident occurred October 30, 2015 at Jack Brooks Regional Airport (KBPT), Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas

A Mississippi woman returning home following a memorial service in the area is safe after the private plane she was traveling in was forced to make an emergency landing Friday afternoon.

The Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1 had taken off from the Jack Brooks Regional Airport and was forced to turn around when the plane began experiencing possible engine problems.

The lone passenger, Sarah Cheek, flew into the area for a memorial service on Friday and was returning back home to Kosciusko, Mississippi, she said.

“We were about to go back and had to turn around,” Cheek said from a seat inside the Jerry Ware terminal. “The cabin smelled funny and the air conditioning went off. I prayed very hard.”

The plane was piloted by Scot Miles whom she said had “been flying for years and years.”

Alex Rupp, manager of the Jack Brooks Regional Airport, said the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. The airport’s fire department responded which is standard protocol.

Nederland Fire Department also responded and was on scene before the plane landed safely, Gary Collins, Nederland Fire Chief, said.



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