Airplane slides off runway at airport |

Airplane slides off runway at airport

RIFLE – A jet slid off the runway at Garfield County Airport on Sunday morning. No one was hurt, and the plane was not damaged.A corporate Gulfstream G200 apparently lost braking power upon landing and rolled 390 feet into the safety area, a patch of dirt designed to help an aircraft stop in case it overshoots the runway.One passenger was on the plane, which seats eight passengers and was inbound from Washington Dulles International Airport.The safety area was muddy because of wet weather, which caused the jet to be covered in mud, said Garfield County airport manager Brian Condie. The weather likely didn’t play a role. Airport crews use a device attached to a vehicle to measure the friction coefficient on the runway, Condie said, and the breaking conditions were good Sunday when the Gulfstream landed. Gulfstream officials will come to Rifle to investigate why the brakes apparently failed, Condie said.

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