Saturday, September 10, 2022

Learjet 36, N26FN: Accident occurred September 09, 2022 at North Island Naval Air Station (Halsey Field) Airport (KNZY), San Diego, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California 

Aircraft crashed off the end of the runway and came to rest on a beach below retaining wall. 

GH Equipment LLC

Fast Air 

Date: 09-SEP-22
Time: 20:17:00Z
Regis#: N26FN
Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries;  1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A Learjet 36 landed on a beach retaining wall Friday after sliding off the end of a runway at the Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, ending up with its nose in the bay, the FAA confirmed.

The incident was reported shortly after 1 p.m. The Naval Air Station confirmed the aircraft was of a civilian contractor. Two people were on board, but they did not suffer serious injuries, Navy officials said.

Both were still transported to the hospital as a precaution, Navy officials added.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. According to FlightAware, the Learjet 36 had taken off at 12:22 p.m. before returning to North Island, lasting a total of 55 minutes in the air before the incident.

"I looked over and there was a massive amount of firetrucks and I could clearly see it was a plane that was partially in the water," said one witness.

“I was happy that it didn't become like worse than it was just because there are like a lot of businesses, and like things right near everything," said Jasmine Urquidez, an employee at a nearby restaurant.

NBC 7 was able to confirm that the registered owner of the Learjet 36 is GH Equipment LLC.

The crash occurred as Tropical Storm Kay brought heavy winds and buckets of rain to the county. A flood watch and warning and high wind warning were in place for some areas of the county Friday.

Although, it is unknown if the crash is weather related.

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