Private plane lands on taxiway at Tucson International Airport - Tucson News Now

breaking

Private plane lands on taxiway at Tucson International Airport

A satellite image from Google Maps shows the "Taxi" label and green striping to distinguish the taxiway. (Source: Google Maps) A satellite image from Google Maps shows the "Taxi" label and green striping to distinguish the taxiway. (Source: Google Maps)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A private plane landed on the taxiway at Tucson International Airport on Friday morning, Nov. 3.

The Learjet 35 was cleared to land, but touched down on the taxiway adjacent to the assigned runway, according to FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor.

Nobody was hurt by the landing, according to Jessie Butler, Public Information Manager for Tucson Airport Authority. She stated details about the incident would need to come from the FAA.

A special report from Tucson News Now in August uncovered that runway incursions have been a concern for the FAA, the airport and pilots landing in Tucson. Our investigation found that wrong runway landings were an issue once considered to be fixed, but several recent incidents have the three groups working together on solutions again.

READ THE SPECIAL REPORT: KOLD INVESTIGATES: Wrong runway landings in Tucson

The pilot for the Nov. 3 runway incursion was cleared to land on Runway 11L, but wound up on the taxiway.

Pictures of the runways and adjacent taxiway show 29L, 29R, and a taxiway boldly labeled "TAXI."

Gregor explained that 11L is the same runway as 29R but from the opposite approach. He said FAA investigators will be speaking with the pilot. The Learjet in Friday's incident is larger than the three Cessnas involved in the previous wrong-runway landings.

"Any wrong-surface landing is a big concern, but part of the reason they can be so confounding is that there are thousands of pilots who land without a problem," Gregor said.

He said the FAA will not only investigate the incident but identify any contributing factors that could be part of a larger issue. 

"When we investigate incidents like this, we take a big-picture holistic approach to make sure we look at every possible factor that could have played a role," Gregor said.

MOBILE USERS: Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • LAST CALL: Patrons celebrate The Flycatcher final night before impending demolition

    LAST CALL: Patrons celebrate The Flycatcher final night before impending demolition

    Monday, July 16 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-07-16 04:46:37 GMT

    There are memories in these mixes, with a hint of nostalgia for the Kallish twins. "You just taste your younger years. This is 21 in a drink," Erin Kallish said, sitting at the bar with her sister, Krista, as they sipped on a Grasshopper shot. It's the same drink they ordered, at the same venue, when they turned 21 years old in Tucson. On Sunday, July 15, they were visiting The Flycatcher one final time after years spent in that beloved bar. Compared to Randy Lopez, the ge...

    There are memories in these mixes, with a hint of nostalgia for the Kallish twins. "You just taste your younger years. This is 21 in a drink," Erin Kallish said, sitting at the bar with her sister, Krista, as they sipped on a Grasshopper shot. It's the same drink they ordered, at the same venue, when they turned 21 years old in Tucson. On Sunday, July 15, they were visit

  • BREAKING: Inmates walk away from federal prison camp in Pima County

    BREAKING: Inmates walk away from federal prison camp in Pima County

    Monday, July 16 2018 12:09 AM EDT2018-07-16 04:09:18 GMT
    The inmates were discovered missing Sunday afternoon (Source: BOP).The inmates were discovered missing Sunday afternoon (Source: BOP).

    Two inmates escaped from a federal prison camp in Pima County Sunday afternoon, according to a release from the Federal Bureau of Prison. It stated the two men were discovered missing at approximately 3:40 in the afternoon. The minimum security facility, which is located on South Wilmot Road, currently houses 140 men, according to the release. Both escaped inmates are believed to have walked away from the facility. One has been identified as Osar Delgado, a 32-year-old white guy w...

    Two inmates escaped from a federal prison camp in Pima County Sunday afternoon, according to a release from the Federal Bureau of Prison. It stated the two men were discovered missing at approximately 3:40 in the afternoon. The minimum security facility, which is located on South Wilmot Road, currently houses 140 men, according to the release. Both escaped inmates are believed to have walked away from the facility. One has been identified as Osar Delgado, a 32-year-old white guy w...

  • UPDATE: Two dead after hit and run on Tucson's east side

    UPDATE: Two dead after hit and run on Tucson's east side

    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:16 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:16:36 GMT
    Police responded to the deadly crash scene early Sunday morning (Source: Sgt. Pete Dugan).Police responded to the deadly crash scene early Sunday morning (Source: Sgt. Pete Dugan).

    A fatal hit-and-run collision involving two vehicles shut down the intersection of Speedway & Wilmot early Sunday morning.  

    A fatal hit-and-run collision involving two vehicles shut down the intersection of Speedway & Wilmot early Sunday morning.  

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Teen bitten by two snakes while mowing grass

    Teen bitten by two snakes while mowing grass

    Saturday, July 14 2018 1:07 PM EDT2018-07-14 17:07:19 GMT
    Saturday, July 14 2018 3:26 PM EDT2018-07-14 19:26:27 GMT

    Connor Stoll, 17, has been operating his own landscaping business since he was 10. He said the snakes won't stop his business.

    Connor Stoll, 17, has been operating his own landscaping business since he was 10. He said the snakes won't stop his business.

  • Operation Southern Shield begins Monday

    Operation Southern Shield begins Monday

    Friday, July 13 2018 5:59 AM EDT2018-07-13 09:59:08 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Georgia and other southern states will be looking even more closely for speeders next week. 

    Georgia and other southern states will be looking even more closely for speeders next week. 

Powered by Frankly