Glider and Private Jet Collide Mid-Air

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

A mid-air collision between a private jet and a glider on Monday afternoon leaves the pilot and her crew safe and amazingly, the glider pilot alive.

Authorities say the jet was travel ling at 300 knots when it collided with the glider over Douglas County about 3 PM Monday afternoon

They say the pilot and his crew had to make an emergency landing and planned to do so, without its landing gear, at the Carson Airport. They had just received clearance from the tower to descend to 12,000 feet before the crash.

The plane received major damage to its nose, but it is not certain if that damage was sustained during the mid-air crash or upon landing.

Authorities had located an empty, open parachute just hours after the crash, leaving them to believe that the glider pilot was hiking east of the Pine Nut Mountains.

Sheriff's Deputies say the pilot and his crew sustained non-life threatening injuries. The aircraft is a 16-passenger Hawker 800-XP, which is a fixed-wing, multi-engine turbo jet. The plane belongs to Mecox Ventures Incorporated out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Officials say the pilot left Los Angeles sometime Monday afternoon, and was on its way to Reno.

Search crews had combed for the missing craft in the Pine Nut Mountains, with authorities from Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Washoe Counties joining in the search.

National Transportation and Safety Board is in Carson City Monday night, heading up the accident investigation. It may be some time until the events leading up to the crash, and what caused it.


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