MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, a challenger jet carrying nine passengers ended up 60 feet off the runway Sunday afternoon.
The plane was headed from the Florida Keys Marathon Airport when it crashed around 1:30 p.m. at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Authorities told WINK News one person was taken to a local hospital, just to be safe.
Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the Canadair CL-600 slid into the grass after landing.
“It had to make an emergency ditch at the very end of the runway where it is all sand and grass,” said Harry Zafiris with the Greater Golden Fire Department. “It tried to turn to try to avoid the marsh and the mangroves, and when it turned that’s when the landing gear broke off and it ended up nose down.”
WINK News checked and found the plane is registered to Six Hundred NP LLC, based out of Valparaiso, Indiana.
The FAA will be investigating the crash. Meanwhile, the airport will remain closed Sunday night.