Free! Cessna Citation II any takers?

Bryan D

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Crashed UND jet to stay in Alaska

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A University of North Dakota research jet that crashed in Alaska will remain there.
"The plane's not coming back," said Peter Johnson, a UND spokesman. "The insurance company has basically totaled it out."
The Cessna Citation II with four people on board made an emergency landing after the engines quit on Sept. 30, the university said. No one was injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash north of Fairbanks.
Johnson said the jet was from the university's Atmospheric Science Department. He said research equipment from the jet was salvaged this week.
The wreckage will likely remain at the spot where the plane crashed, about 75 miles west of Fort Yukon, Johnson said. The crash site "is basically 60 miles away from any road," he said.
The research jet was in Alaska studying icing conditions.
Chief research pilot Paul Le Hardy maneuvered the jet into an emergency landing, after he was unable to start the engines, the university said. The passengers were two UND researchers and an official with Connecticut-based helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft.
Johnson said the university had owned the airplane for 25 years. It was built in 1979, he said.
"It had been flown literally around the world, collecting weather and pollution data," Johnson said. He did not know whether the airplane would be replaced.
 

Flying Illini

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soooo....is that considered littering?
 

KigAir

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How many other planes does the research department have?
 

skid

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They dont have any other aircraft for that kind of mission. A few years ago they had an Arrow for some type of fuel testing but that was it.
 

DC8 Flyer

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That arrow was a joke. Just an excuse for the lead(s) to go out and fart around on the university's dime. Still fun though.
 

FrozenPilot

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The Arrow was used to test ethanol fuel. I wouldn't be surprised if they found some way to charge the students the replacement cost of the Citation. They already have the laptop program to cover the deductible on the trainers.
 
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