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Liverpool owner’s private jet skidded off runway due to ‘inadvertent’ braking

A jet carrying an executive of Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), skidded off the runway due to "inadvertent" braking amid a technical fault.

The incident occurred in December 2019 and the plane was carrying Mike Gordon, the president of FSG.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have found that a technical fault relating to the nose wheel steering followed by the unintentional braking led the plane to skid off the runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and into the grass verge.

Gordon and three crew members were unhurt, while the plane travelled 30 metres off the runway and was not damaged.

The AAID report adds: “During the subsequent landing roll, directional control of the aircraft was lost, and the aircraft departed the right side of the runway and onto the grass.

“The commander, in applying left rudder to try to keep the aircraft straight, had inadvertently applied some right braking.

“As the aircraft slowed, full left rudder was unable to counteract the effect of this braking.”

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Gordon was travelling from Hansom Field, Massachusetts in the United States to Liverpool and there were concerns fatigue could have impacted the pilots in the build-up to the event – but the AAID report found they were both “alert and engaged”

The incident caused cancellations and delays as the plane was recovered from the verge by firefighters and specialist personnel, while the runway had to be cleared for use.

An FSG spokesperson extended the thanks of Gordon to airport crew at the time, saying: “There were no injuries and he wants to pass on his appreciation to the unbelievable staff at John Lennon airport and the emergency services for the way they dealt with the incident, which made it a non-traumatic experience.

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