Another reminder yesterday, May 25 2011, for all pilots to be vigilant with aviation safety. Per the FAA’s preliminary accident report, an Embraer Phenom 100, operated by Superior Air Charter, LLC (also known as, JetSuite), slid off the end of the runway into a ravine in Sedona, AZ (KSEZ). It was reported that the Phenom 100 operated by dual crew landed to the south on runway 21. This nearly mile-long runway (5,132 ft) has a pronounced downhill grade of 1.8% and sits on a elevated mesa.
Thankfully, the crew and three passengers aboard sustained only minor injuries. The flight originated from San Jose, CA. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. This serves as a reminder to be aware of the airport you are going to and any special considerations that you need to take. Even in the light of this incident, charter flights flown by professional pilots have a nearly identical safety record as airline flights, widely regarded as the safest form of travel in the world.