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Jetliner runway excursion in Jackson Hole
Article Type: Safety notes From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 4
The National Transportation Safety Board recently sent two investigators to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to investigate an incident in which a United Airlines jet veered off the side of a runway.
On 25 February 2008, at 9.16 p.m. MST, an Airbus A-320, registration N442UA, operated by United Airlines as flight 267, departed the right side of runway 19 during landing at Jackson Hole Airport. The captain, first officer, four flight attendants and 119 passengers evacuated the aircraft via the emergency slides. During the evacuation, one of the inflatable slides did not deploy. No serious injuries have been reported.
The aeroplane departed Denver at 7.44 p.m. MST with the intended destination of Jackson Hole. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the night-time landing. The reported weather at the airport about the time of the incident was wind calm, visibility of 10 miles, and overcast clouds at 3,200 ft above the ground.
The aeroplane came to rest on its landing gear at about a 90° angle to the runway in snow about 3 ft deep. An initial examination of the aircraft revealed no readily visible signs of structural damage or evidence of fire.
The captain and first officer have both been interviewed by safety board investigators. The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were removed from the aircraft and sent to the NTSB headquarters in Washington where they will be read out.