Disabled small plane blocking runway at SJ airport

February 4, 2011 12:44:22 PM PST
A disabled small plane is blocking the main departure runway at Mineta San Jose International Airport Friday afternoon, briefly causing delays for other planes leaving the airport, spokesman David Vossbrink said.

The pilot of the plane, a privately owned Beechcraft King Air 90, reported at about 11:30 a.m. that its landing gear malfunctioned during takeoff, and the plane was disabled on the north end of the airport's main departures runway, Vossbrink said.

"It got in the air for a few feet, encountered some problems, and came down again," he said.

"It came down hard," he said, adding that the plane "never actually got airborne significantly."

The plane was still blocking the runway as of 12:15 p.m., and crews were working to remove it. It is not expected to be removed until at least 1:15 p.m., he said.

The incident caused delays of 20 to 30 minutes for other flights scheduled to depart from the airport at that time, according to Vossbrink.

As of 12:15 p.m., airport officials were having flights alternately arrive and depart on the airport's other runway with "no noticeable impact" on service, he said.

No injuries were reported from the two people on the disabled plane, Vossbrink said.