NTSB: Controls jammed on private jet that crashed in Houston

Federal investigators say flight controls that maneuver the tail wing were jammed when a private jet overran a runway in Houston and burst into flames

Via AP news wire
Wednesday 10 November 2021 23:22

Flight controls that maneuver the tail wing were jammed when a private jet overran a runway in Houston and burst into flames, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that the controls were so jammed investigators couldn't even move the adjustable flaps on the tail of the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 by hand. The agency said its investigation was continuing.

The jet was about to depart Houston Executive Airport for Boston on Oct. 19 when the flight crew aborted takeoff. The jet overran the end of the runway, crashed through a fence and burst into flames. Of the 23 passengers and crew, two were seriously injured and one had minor injuries.

The passengers were headed to Boston to attend an American League Championship Series game between the Houston Astros and the Red Sox according to the plane’s owner, J. Alan Kent, who was on board.

Previously, the NTSB had revealed that the aircraft had not been flown since December, and investigators are looking into maintenance performed on the plane, federal authorities said Thursday.

The damaged control surfaces were similar to those found during an investigation of a Boeing MD-83 ​that crashed after a rejected takeoff on March 8, 2017.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in