Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Martin WB-57F Canberra, N928NA: Incident occurred March 05, 2019 at Ellington Airport (KEFD), Houston, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Veered off the runway.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Date: 05-MAR-19
Time: 20:19:00Z
Regis#: N928NA
Aircraft Model: WB 57F
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Flight Number: 928
State: TEXAS

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A NASA jet aborted its takeoff at Ellington Field on Tuesday. 

According to officials with the Houston Airport System, the aircraft wound up going off the end of the runway. 

There were no injuries reported. 

ABC13 Eyewitness News learned the plane was rolling out for launch when it lost control of the nose gear and veered off into the grass. 

Eyewitness News reached out to a NASA official, who said it was working an incident at the southeast Houston airport. The agency, though, wouldn't elaborate. 

SkyEye13 captured images of the aircraft resting partially on a grassy field next to the runway.

Story and video ➤ https://abc13.com

HOUSTON - A NASA WB-57 high altitude research plane experienced a malfunction with its landing gear during takeoff at Ellington Field on Tuesday afternoon.

There were conflicting reports on whether the malfunction happened while the plane was still at the airport or while landing. However, a spokeswoman for NASA later confirmed that the plane experienced a problem with its gear during takeoff and had to abort mission to takeoff. She said the plane had to be towed back to the hangar. 

NASA Operations Division confirmed there were two crew members on board, the pilot and sensor operator. There were no injuries reported.

A viewer, John Gladu, said he witnessed the incident and shared a photo with KPRC that showed emergency crews surrounding the plane.

The extent of the plane's damage is unknown. The research plane is one of three at the Ellington Field.

The incident is under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.click2houston.com

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