No injuries reported in airport mishap

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  • A charter plane came to rest Sunday in a field at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport after running off a runway. The cause of the incident has not been determined, but the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH/SPECIAL
    A charter plane came to rest Sunday in a field at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport after running off a runway. The cause of the incident has not been determined, but the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH/SPECIAL
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Two pilots and four passengers were onboard when an airplane ran off the runway Sunday afternoon at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. And while one pilot “bumped” his head, no one received medical attention following the incident.

Airport Manager Nathan Coyle said the plane, a Hawker 400, left the south end of runway 13-31 as it was landing. After it left the runway, it went into a field, where the nose gear of the plane collapsed, rendering it inoperable. An agency that specializes in transporting aircraft moved the plane to another location on the airfield, Coyle said. Ohio-based Flight Options owns the plane and leases it to Georgia Jet, which operated it as a charter.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Office will investigate the incident to determine the cause. Coyle said the airport is working closely with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board following the accident.

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