Eagle County Airport runway to reopen Wednesday morning
Ryan Summerlin November 17, 2009
Commercial air operations are scheduled to resume Wednesday morning at the Eagle County Regional Airport following today’s incident involving a military aircraft, the county said.
The first departure of the morning, United Express 7190, has been canceled. But all other flights are expected to occur as scheduled, the county said.
A complete listing of flights can be found at www.flyvail.com. Passengers unable to fly from Denver to EGE today were offered a free shuttle ride, compliments of Eagle County.
The airport’s only runway has been closed since this morning. At approximately 11:30 a.m., a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet aircraft was damaged when its nose gear collapsed during training operations.
According to airport officials, the jet slid about 1,000 feet before coming to a stop on the runway. Five people were aboard the aircraft at the time of the incident. There were no injuries.
A recovery team from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, is removing the jet from the runway. Responding agencies included Eagle County Airport Fire Department, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Western Eagle County Ambulance District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Regional Hazardous Material Association of Eagle County, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle County Airport operations personnel.
The cause of the crash is not yet known.