"Jets involved in near collision at Lambert
By Ken Leiser
Of the Post-Dispatch
An F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Missouri National Guard skidded off the end of a runway at Lambert Field today, coming within a short distance of a corporate plane that was taxiing on a separate runway.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred shortly before 3 p.m.
Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the jet skidded off the end of runway 30 right, Lambert's northernmost runway. It had taken off from Lambert earlier and was returning to the airport.
Cory said the jet was landing and could not stop, crossed over runway 24, which runs diagonally to 30 right, and came close to the Jetstream corporate jet that was taxiing nearby. The corporate jet was able to stop in time before colliding with the military jet.
It was not immediately clear who owns the corporate jet.
The FAA's investigation into the incident is continuing.
For more on this story, check back with STLtoday.com or read Tuesday's Post-Dispatch."
This thread was the first I've heard of it. I made a quick call to work to find out what was up. My coworkers said that it was a flight of two guard aircraft, nothing unusual. The first one landed normal, they often keep the nose of the ground as long as possible to scrub off speed. The second one touched down, did the same, and then the nose slammed on the ground. It slid to the end, ended up in the mud from construction. The way they say it slid across 24 and the fact that my coworkers said it was over by Boeing would lead me to believe that it was a landing on 30R, they usually use the south side because it's right by the base.
Without seeing it, I would guess that it was a gear collapse as well. If they had a hydraulic failure they would put the power back in, and go around. The airport has arresting gear on a couple runways and it happens more often than you would think. Second, I've never heard of a "jetstream corporate jet" my guess, Corporate Express Airlines or Trans States. Gotta love the media.
It's windy as all get out here today, I elected not to go flying as a result. But I wouldn't rule that out as a contributing factor. I hope this is the poop folks were looking for, I'll try and dig some stuff up as it becomes available.