Sunday, July 12, 2020

Gulfstream G550, N337LS: Incident occurred July 09, 2020 at Destin Executive Airport (KDTS), Okaloosa County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft taxiing to ramp, veered off taxiway and right main gear became stuck in the sand. 

Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Date: 09-JUL-20
Time: 20:39:00Z
Regis#: N337LS
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: G550
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)

DESTIN, Florida —A Gulfstream G550 was taxiing and went into the sand Friday morning at the Destin Executive Airport, officials say.

The Friday morning incident involved two (2) pilots. No one was injured and there was no damage, according to Christopher Saul, public information officer for Okaloosa County.

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  1. The airport I soloed out of flying out of the nearby Eglin AFB. Smaller uncontrolled airports generally means you will have narrower taxiways and you *must* make sure your rear mains are in the clear - especially during a turn to the ramp from the taxiway. Note the picture here where the nose gear is only right over the yellow line coming into the ramp while the right rear main is already in the sand.

    They should have carried the nose wheel well beyond that turn stripe which is for smaller shorter wheel based aircraft. And that sand is like the beach sand it is near: very fine and soft which is why you see the bird sunk so far down and the wing touching the ground.

    1. Pilot would also have some right brake applied to hold that side as he swung the tight turn, making it plow instead of free-roll.

      Plowing action goes deep in sugar sand, real fast.

  2. ^^^ Those engines look like Mickey Mouse ears ….. Stunning!!!

  3. That is a controlled airport. There has been a tower there for over three years. It has a 4000 foot runway but a Gulfstream G550 it’s about as big an airplane is can land and takeoff there.