What's up with corporate pilots and their attempts at ultra short-field landings?
First we had a Cessna 550 pilot trying to land on the remaining 2,100ft of runway at Manteo, North Carolina at 8:30 in the morning on 1 October. We all know what happened there..
Later the same day, at 1:30 in the afternoon, a Gulfstream IV pilot attempted to put down on 2,250ft of remaining runway at Teterboro. In that case, a crushable concrete runway pad, wisely installed at the runway end by the airport after a previous overrun in 2005, likely saved the aircraft and all 11 people on board. Pictures below were supplied by the FAA. Click on each image to see a larger version.
The red circle in the airport diagram (from www.airnav.com) below shows the location (aircraft was traveling toward the 24 end of the runway) where the NTSB says airport surveillance video shows the aircraft first touched down - at 120kt! The white rectangle at the end shows the location of teh crushable concrete pad.
According to the NTSB report, the 7,000hr captain, who was flying told investigators "at no point did either pilot believe there was not adequate runway remaining to continue the landing.."
The aircraft departed the end of the runway at 40-50kt and travelled about 100ft into the ESCO arresting material bed, making quite a dusty mess, but only damaging the Gulfstream's nosegear landing light. The engines however exhibited "damage consistent with foreign object debris", which sounds expensive.