Houston William P. Hobby Airport was closed earlier today following the collision of two light private jets.
The airport closure followed an incident at Houston William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) at approximately 3:30 PM local time on Tuesday, October 24 when a Hawker H850XP twinjet attempted to depart RWY22 without an ATC clearance.
As a result of the runway incursion, the aircraft collided – reportedly in ‘mid-air’ from a brief ATC/pilot radio exchange – with a Cessna Citation C510 jet which had just landed on RWY13R.
Group Stop Houston William P. Hobby Airport
In an advisory ground stop statement by the airport, the incident was described as: “Two private jets clipped their wings as they were moving on the airfield at approximately 3:30 PM”
Footage which has surfaced on social media following the incident shows that the Cessna Citation C510, registered N510HM, suffered tail cone damage as a result of the collision.
Imagery of the Hawker H850XP, registered N269AA, shows that it suffered winglet damage to its left wingtip assembly in the impact with the recently landed Citation.
No injuries were sustained as a result of the accident, and the number of people on board the two aircraft involved has not yet been confirmed.
Ground Stop Lifted
Federal Aviation Administration officials subsequently advised that both aircraft had been declared fire safe by the Houston Fire Department.
A ground stop was issued by the airport as a precautionary measure due to debris which was strewn following the accident.
Ground Stop lifted 7:00PM local
The airport closure was subsequently lifted shortly after 7 PM local time. The NTSB subsequently confirmed that it is sending a team of six investigators to assess the incident.
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