BEAUFORT — No injuries were reported after a jet slid off the runway at the Michael J. Smith Field Airport in Beaufort Thursday afternoon.
Interim Airport Manager Jesse Vinson told the News-Times the aircraft, a HondaJet, slid off the end of the runway after landing due to extremely slick conditions caused by heavy rain Thursday. The jet came to rest in the mud several feet in front of the runway.
Airport staff helped the owner move the aircraft out of the mud. No injuries were reported and Mr. Vinson said there was no damage to the aircraft.
Mr. Vinson said the incident underscores the need for a runway extension project at the airport. He said if mud hadn’t stopped the plane, it could have continued sliding onto Highway 101.
“It’s a real safety issue,” Mr. Vinson said. “I think a runway extension is critical for the future of the airport facility.”
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