Jet runs off Newnan-Coweta Airport taxiway, hits utility pole; no injuries

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The damaged jet sits where it stopped beside a taxiway at Newnan-Coweta Airport.

By JOHN A. WINTERS john@newnan.com A roughly million-dollar jet plane rolled off a taxi lane and down an embankment at Newnan-Coweta Airport Monday. There were no injuries, although the nose of the Falcon 20 ended up smashed after hitting a utility pole.
At the time of the accident, the pilot was taking the plane in for mechanical work, but the brakes apparently failed. "The pilot reported he had no brakes," said Patricia Palmer, public affairs director for Coweta County. "As a result, the plane rolled down the embankment." The plane, with call letters XA-NCC, arrived in Newnan on Sunday, she added. No information was immediately available on where the plane came from or who owns it. The plane was carrying about 400 gallons of fuel, according to Capt. Mark Woods of the Coweta County Fire Department, who said crews were standing by to ensure there were no problems. At least three large wreckers hooked up cables to the airplane and pulled it off the embankment. According to various Internet sales sites for private planes, the Falcon 20 sells for anywhere from $800,000 to almost $3 million, depending on age, configuration and condition. Nearly 500 of the planes were built, beginning in the mid 1960s until production ended in 1988, according to various websites. The plane normally is designed for eight to 10 passengers.

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