Jet, glider in mid-air collision
LAS VEGAS (AP) ” An executive jet collided with a glider near Reno on Monday afternoon and had to make an emergency landing in Carson City without the use of its landing gear, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
The pilot of the Hawker XP800 jet suffered minor injuries while the co-pilot and three passengers were unharmed, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. It was not clear what happened to the glider or any of its occupants, he said.
“Pieces of the glider were embedded in the nose of the Hawker,” Gregor said.
The jet was headed from Palomar airport north of San Diego, Calif. to Reno. As the plane was making its approach, it collided with the glider at about 16,000 feet, he said.
The jet made an emergency landing at an airport at Carson City at 3:18 p.m., he said.
The jet was made by Raytheon Co. in 1998 and is capable of transporting up to eight passengers at speeds of up to 500 miles an hour, he said.