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Private jet carrying Texas lawmaker skids off runway after landing

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/3/2020 David Matthews

A Texas legislator had a close call Wednesday when the private plane he was one skidded off the runway while landing.

Dade Phelan, a Republican who is in line to be the next Speaker of the House in Texas, said it was raining and “conditions were difficult” when the plane attempted to land at Angelina County Airport, about 110 miles northeast of Houston.

Dade Phelan, Greg Abbott are posing for a picture: In this file photo, State Rep. Dade Phelan, center, R-Beaumont, talks to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick before Gov. Greg Abbott signs Harvey-related measures at Gallery Furniture in Houston. Officials say no one was hurt after a private plane carrying Phelan skidded off a runway while trying to land during a rainstorm. Phelan says everyone aboard the plane was able to walk away after the rough landing Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at the Angelina County Airport, about 110 miles northeast of Houston. © Elizabeth Conley In this file photo, State Rep. Dade Phelan, center, R-Beaumont, talks to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick before Gov. Greg Abbott signs Harvey-related measures at Gallery Furniture in Houston. Officials say no one was hurt after a private plane carrying Phelan skidded off a runway while trying to land during a rainstorm. Phelan says everyone aboard the plane was able to walk away after the rough landing Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at the Angelina County Airport, about 110 miles northeast of Houston.

In this file photo, State Rep. Dade Phelan, center, R-Beaumont, talks to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick before Gov. Greg Abbott signs Harvey-related measures at Gallery Furniture in Houston. Officials say no one was hurt after a private plane carrying Phelan skidded off a runway while trying to land during a rainstorm. Phelan says everyone aboard the plane was able to walk away after the rough landing Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at the Angelina County Airport, about 110 miles northeast of Houston. (Elizabeth Conley/)

Phelan described a frightening scene, but one in which incredibly no one was seriously injured.

“We went through the end of the runway, across a street, and stopped in a pasture,” he told Beaumont, Texas TV station KFDM. “We all walked away. It was an unfortunate accident. The plane was in bad shape.”

The pilot suffered minor injuries, but was walking around when first responders arrived. The plane’s three passengers were not hurt.

According to KTRE, a TV station in Lufkin, Texas, the brakes on the plane went out after the plane, a Cessna 551, touched down, resulting in the plane sliding past the end of the runway.

“In talking to the pilot, he said that when he landed the anti-lock brakes failed on the jet and so he cut them off and cut them back on, and when he did he had no brakes at all,” airport manager Gary Letney said.

Letney added that the plane was most likely permanently grounded.

“The wings weren’t in the right position, it broke off all the landing gears, there was some underneath stuff that it pulled off that’s down there. So it’s pretty big damage,” he said.

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