UPDATE: Marco airport reopens after jet crash

Steve Stefanides


Marco Executive Airport reopened as the FAA investigates the Sunday crash of a private Challenger jet carrying nine passengers.

The jet was landing at the Marco Airport at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday when it ran off of the paved runway into the "overrun safety zone" at the southeast end of the field.

Sunday afternoon saw emergency equipment dispatched to the airport for the report of an incident at that location.

Upon arrival at the scene personnel from both the Isles of Capri and East Naples Fire departments

A gaint X at Marco airport signals the runway is temporarily closed.

found a Challenger CL600 business jet had run off the end of the runway, after what is being described as a malfunction of the reverse thrusters on the aircraft which help to slow the plane after landing.

As a precaution upon arrival the departments deployed foam to ensure that fire would not be an issue at the site. The plane itself suffered some damage, having collapsed the front landing gear in the sand and gravel in the emergency overrun area at the southeast end of the runway.

There was one slight injury, which required transport to a local facility where the party was treated and released.

The FAA has been onsite investigating the incident to determine the possible causes of the incident and no information has been released as of this date.

The Marco Executive Airport has a 5,000-foot runway with a recently completed taxiway that provides the Challenger with adequate runway for take-off and landing.

The aircraft is registered to the Six Hundred NP LLC of Valparaiso, Ind. The company is a Domestic Limited Liability Company with Nick Popovich listed as the registered agent.

Popovich became a reality TV sensation in 2010 as he was featured in his own program that involved the repossession of aircraft all over the world. He is president of Sage-Popovich, which specializes in the repossession of business, commercial and private jets and helicopters.

It was unclear whether Popovich was aboard the aircraft on Sunday when landing at Marco Executive or who the pilot in command was at the time of the incident.

The airport was opened on Tuesday when the aircraft was towed to a tie-down area on another section of the field.

Original posting, Sunday

The airport is specifically designed for this type of incident.

The airport has a 5,000-foot runway and Collier County recently completed a full taxiway addition.

The aircraft did sustain some damage from running off the end of the runway.

There were some minor injuries sustained but they did not require hospitalization.

The airport is closed to any traffic until further notice and the damaged aircraft is removed from its present location

According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office, a Challenger jet carrying nine passengers ended up 60 feet off the runway Sunday evening.

Our news partners WINK-TV reported the crash happened at the Marco Island Executive Airport just before 5 p.m.

Authorities told WINK News one person was taken to a local hospital, but they did not say the extent of the injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.

Police and fire sources said there was no fire, but East Naples and Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue personnel responded to the scene. Marco fire-rescue did not respond.

Sheriff's deputies and county airport officials were believed to be making plans to have the craft moved Monday morning.

The Marco airport is located off-island in East Naples and caters to small jet aircraft.