Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Monday, October 31, 2011
NASCAR team owner's jet skids off Key West runway

A private G150 Gulfstream jet with four people aboard ran off the end of the Key West International Airport runway and into the salt ponds while landing Monday night.

No one was seriously injured in the 7:45 p.m. incident.

The airplane was co-owned by Jimmie Johnson Racing II Inc. and Hendrick Motorsports LLC of Charlotte, N.C. The famous NASCAR driver was not on board, Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton said.

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda Hendrick, were treated and released from Lower Keys Medical Center; one had 
neck pain and the other had complained of shortness of breath and heart palpitations, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

The two pilots also were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The airport was closed for about an hour afterward. Some fuel spilled, but it was unknown how much.

The small-business jet was approaching the west end of the runway. The pilot said he landed, but had no brakes, Herrin said.

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