Thursday, July 13, 2017

Honda HA-420 HondaJet, N20UQ: Incident occurred July 12, 2017 at Chicago Midway International Airport (KMDW), Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois

Aircraft on landing, went off the end of the runway into the grass.

Date: 12-JUL-17
Time: 18:33:00Z
Regis#: N20UQ
Aircraft Make: HONDA
Aircraft Model: HA420
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: ROCKSTAR
Flight Number: RKS20

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A small plane went off the end of the runway at Chicago Midway International Airport on Wednesday.

The Honda HA-420 HondaJet aircraft was inbound from Philadelphia, aviation officials said.

The Chicago Fire Department responded to the scene. 

An ambulance was requested, but there were no reports of any injuries.


  1. From Google Maps it looks like they tried to avoid the EMAS box at the end of RWY 31C.

    My understanding is EMAS is not effective for a/c less than 12,000 lbf.

    Other than an overshoot and/or brake failure, looks like the pilot did the right thing by going into the grass instead to get stopped.

    At least there was no contact with the fence or intrusion into a busy road.

    Hats off to pilot(s) who think quick to achieve a stop of any kind short of a crash.

  2. Grass is a better option than an EMAS pad, WHAT!


  3. I would suggest yes, grass is better than EMAS for aircraft < 12,000 lbf. Think of EMAS as like a layer of ice over spongy material. The tire load must be heavy enough to penetrate it.

    The HA-420 has a max takeoff weight of 10,600 lbf.

    I think it reasonable to assume the aircraft in question weighed less.

    If they had rolled onto the EMAS box it is likely some or all the wheels would not penetrate the surface and would have likely rolled right on into and/or through the fence.

    It will be interesting to hear the factual investigation.

  4. FWIW; The tail number is a area code in London England. The call sign is Rockstar. Hmmm...

  5. What's all the fuss about?

  6. ^ says the pilot in command (PIC) ;)

  7. Well what do we have here?!?

  8. From the ADS-B data on Flight Aware he appears to be well high about a mile from the threshold. Possibly nearing a 5 degree descent angle. No doubt he had four white lights on the PAPI assuming it was turned on. His last ADS-B hit also showed verticle speed twice the normal rate. An unstabilized approach to a wet runway with a quartering tailwind. Unfortunate.