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So, for work, I travel from New Jersey down to Virginia — I fly out of KTEB (Teterboro) into KIAD (Dulles). Today, the winds were ferocious and I was due to return. I’d gone to the airport, they boarded us and we taxied up to the runway — it was 4:30 PM. Then, we were told we had to wait, perhaps up to an hour. Maybe 30 minutes later, we were told that there was “an incident” at Teterboro and that we would be going back to the airport and getting off the plane.

Well, I was finally able to find some news that explained what that “incident” was on 1010wins.com :

Winds gusting as high as 50 miles per hour damaged a school, felled trees and knocked out power to thousands of homes across the state Wednesday and may have been a factor in an aircraft accident at Teterboro Airport, authorities said.

A Gulfstream IV twin engine jet carrying two crew and seven passengers slid off the end of the runway as it was landing at Teterboro in blustery conditions shortly after 4:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

The plane hit some trees at the end of Runway 24, but did not catch fire, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The extent of damage, the origin of the flight, and the operator were not immediately known, authorities said.

The airport in Bergen County was temporarily closed and traffic was diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport, said Tiffany Townsend, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airports.

So, I’m staying the night at a very generous co-worker’s apartment and I’ll be flying back tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting … lets hope we don’t have another “incident”.

EDIT: Here is a link to the NTSB aviation accident database‘s synopsis of their investigation.

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