N839QS Netjets Citation 560 Encore off runway Telluride . .

FlightAware Flight Tracker Netjets Citation Encore N839QS.

Aircraft was reported as substantially damaged when it slid off the runway and into a gully upon landing at Telluride, Colorado.

From FAA Preliminary Report;

** Report created 9/2/2008 Record 16 **

Regis#: 839QS Make/Model: C560 Description: 560 Citation 5/5 Ultra (UC-35.OT-47, TR-
Date: 09/01/2008 Time: 2320

Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N
Damage: Substantial

City: TELLURIDE State: CO Country: US


INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:


Activity: Unknown Phase: Landing Operation: OTHER

FAA FSDO: SALT LAKE CITY, UT (NM07) Entry date: 09/02/2008

Don’t look at me, I train XL pilots.

Telluride, Colorado

While landing, the front landing gear collapsed, causing the Citation to veer off the runway.

The two pilots on board were uninjured. The accident occured in the early evening, with mostly clear skies and some lofty winds.

I have been lurking for awhile and finally had to say something. I have always thought it a good idea to not make judgments about accidents until all the FAA or NTSB info is in. Telluride can be sporty going in and out at its best. I happen to know one of the pilot’s on that Encore and they actually had a wind shear warning over the numbers. The nose tire or wheel may have disintegrated shortly after touchdown. According to a friend of mine at the airport, their trip down the runway left quite a bit of gouging indicating that the Encore went down the runway on the nose strut and THEN the gear collapsed. I would say that the crew did a great job and had a lot of luck considering that they had no directional control whatsoever.

I’ll agree with you there, but couldn’t they have used differential braking for some directional control?

Welcome to FlightAware!

I’m sure that the PIC tried everything possible to maintain control at that moment. Regardless of how good the equipment or how skilled the pilot, mother nature always wins.

mother nature always wins.

and Newtonian physics…They were just trying to maintain some semblance of control with a nose strut that was DIGGING into the asphalt.

Here’s a video of a MU-2 landing at Telluride:

As an aircraft firefighter at the Telluride Regional Aiport, these guys did a great job of staying in control