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Mark Martin unhurt when plane skids off runway
NJ ^ | 11.11.02 | GODWIN KELLY

Posted on 11/11/2002 12:51:13 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican

DAYTONA BEACH - Mark Martin and two other people escaped serious injury after his private jet blew a tire and skidded off a runway Sunday night in Phoenix.

Kevin Woods, Martin's Winston Cup public relations representative, confirmed the incident that happened following Sunday's Winston Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.

"The takeoff had to be aborted and there was some damage to the plane, but no one was injured," Woods said.

There were three people on the Cessna Citation CJ2, a two-engine jet that holds eight, including two pilots.

Jason Simpson was piloting the plane with Martin, who has a license to fly the craft. The lone passenger was Benny Ertel, Martin's business manager.

The jet, which was taking off from Goodyear Airport in Phoenix, had nearly reached liftoff speed when the plane began to yaw, or move from side to side.

"It was real bad," Ertel said. "Jason didn't know if he had lost an engine or a tire blew out and decided to abort the take off."

Simpson killed the engines and applied the brakes and Ertel said the Citation went into a "Talladega skid."

"We went the length of the runway," he said. "As we were sliding along, the other tire blew out. The skidding lasted forever. We're heading right for this electrical box and we all knew we were gonna hit it but the plane stopped like 10 feet short of it."

Just moments after the plane came to a stop, fire engines and rescue crews were on the scene to offer assistance.

"They had to shut the airport down," Ertel said.

With many of NASCAR's teams and officials leaving the area at the same time, Martin and Ertel were able to catch a ride back here on a NASCAR jet with sanctioning body president Mike Helton.

Martin's jet suffered some damage. The airport needed a crane to move the jet off the runway. Simpson plans to take the plane to Cessna's home base in Wichita, Kan., later this week to isolate the problem with the jet.

"The important thing is that everybody is OK," Ertel said. "This could have been much worse."

Martin finished fourth in Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix. He's 89 points behind leader Tony Stewart in Winston Cup points with one race remaining on the schedule.

Ironically, Stewart's private plane was damaged last week when his jet struck a deer on takeoff from San Antonio, Texas.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: airplane; markmartin; nascar; plane
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1 posted on 11/11/2002 12:51:13 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Go Gordon; Amore
Would have been a loss. He does quite a bit for children in the area.
2 posted on 11/11/2002 12:52:31 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
YIKES! Wasn't Tony Stewart involved in a plane mishap last week when his plane hit a deer on the runway?
3 posted on 11/11/2002 12:53:00 PM PST by rintense
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4 posted on 11/11/2002 12:53:35 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: rintense
Yes, but I don't doubt Tony hitting a deer. You ever seen him drive?
5 posted on 11/11/2002 12:54:13 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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6 posted on 11/11/2002 12:55:48 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
DU suspects Republicans are behind it.
7 posted on 11/11/2002 12:56:34 PM PST by rockinonritalin
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Wow! Tony almost got a freebee!
8 posted on 11/11/2002 12:59:53 PM PST by FreeTally
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Whoa!!! He can't get hurt. I'm up for seeing a good points race at Homestead this weekend. Anyway, Mark's a nice guy to boot
9 posted on 11/11/2002 1:00:07 PM PST by billbears
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To: rockinonritalin
LOL! But I thought Republicans were the southern - beer drinkin' - rednecks!
10 posted on 11/11/2002 1:00:10 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Too much Viagra. Someone got to close to a tire. (Viagra is his sponsor)
11 posted on 11/11/2002 1:00:12 PM PST by NC Conservative
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To: rockinonritalin
LP suspects freepers are behind it.
12 posted on 11/11/2002 1:00:14 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Wow -- thank goodness everyone was okay -- Mark is my son's favorite driver
13 posted on 11/11/2002 1:01:46 PM PST by twyn1
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To: mountaineer; Tennessee_Bob; habs4ever; Amelia
LOL! I don't doubt it! They are so obsessed with people on FR, they have lost their lives. Wait, did they have one?
14 posted on 11/11/2002 1:01:48 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: twyn1
He is a real decent guy. I am not sure if he pilots his own plane or not, but I thought he did. I thought he parks it at his home in the fly-in (where Snipes lives, Travolta lived, Vince Carters parents live, etc). I think he has only had this plane a few years.
15 posted on 11/11/2002 1:03:28 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
"Jason didn't know if he had lost an engine or a tire blew out and decided to abort the take off."

Thank goodness he made the right decision.
But I'm puzzled why he can't distinguish between the two situations.

16 posted on 11/11/2002 1:04:59 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: WaveThatFlag
Personally I think Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors are behind it. With Chevy losing the Manufacturer's Cup this year and little Jeff or his Jimmie Johnson team possibly not going to finish in the top 5 this year
17 posted on 11/11/2002 1:05:50 PM PST by billbears
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Had I know there was so much money in this car-racing thing, I'd have done that.
18 posted on 11/11/2002 1:06:48 PM PST by banjo joe
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
By "pilot", I meant Captain, not right seat.
19 posted on 11/11/2002 1:07:29 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Willie Green
Maybe they meant the yaw or pulling to the side. Must not have looked at their instruments, maybe because it happened so fast.
20 posted on 11/11/2002 1:08:29 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Glad he's OK. Going to have to start using Goodyears on those planes. :^)
21 posted on 11/11/2002 1:14:53 PM PST by #3Fan
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Wow! I'm glad everybody is OK.
22 posted on 11/11/2002 1:16:18 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: RedBloodedAmerican; Mo1; Pete-R-Bilt; DJ88; Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Yes, but I don't doubt Tony hitting a deer. You ever seen him drive?

yup. that's why nascar will refer to him as winston cup champion next week. it will be an interesting group on the stage in new york.

tony earned it, but i was hoping martin could pull one out.

23 posted on 11/11/2002 1:24:53 PM PST by glock rocks
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To: NC Conservative
Too much Viagra. Someone got to close to a tire.

Maybe they should start putting Viagra in the tires. ;-)

24 posted on 11/11/2002 1:26:11 PM PST by barker
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To: glock rocks
Hmmm.....not sure he earned it, unless ramming through the pits and on the track is good sportsmanship. I miss the days of when they run what they had, but they respected each others safety. I think many do, but some don't, Sterling and Tony in particular.
25 posted on 11/11/2002 1:37:41 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican; rockinonritalin; mountaineer
DU suspects Republicans are behind it.

LP suspects freepers are behind it.

FReepers suspect Al Queda...

26 posted on 11/11/2002 1:46:10 PM PST by IncPen
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
He shoulda got a GV Gulfstream......(hehe)
27 posted on 11/11/2002 1:46:10 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
I'm not a racing follower, but isn't there another Martin racer that died in a plane crash a few years ago? Any relation?
28 posted on 11/11/2002 1:46:54 PM PST by agrandis
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To: agrandis
Payne Stewart? In a Lear 45, I believe.
29 posted on 11/11/2002 1:47:52 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: cmsgop
Nice bird! But I think he parks this one at his house!
30 posted on 11/11/2002 1:48:18 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Maybe they meant the yaw or pulling to the side. Must not have looked at their instruments, maybe because it happened so fast.

There was no time to react to information from instruments. Most take-off incidents of this kind result in everyone on the plane being killed.

The pilot made a good decision and everyone walked away from an airplane that will be in service again after modest repairs. Amazing. This almost never happens. These folks were VERY fortunate. Mark Martin should give his pilot a very nice bonus IMO.

31 posted on 11/11/2002 1:51:49 PM PST by toddst
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To: barker
I've watched every race this year (yeah, no life) and I've waited to hear an announcer say something to the effect of... "Mark Martin's Viagra #6 looked good, but he couldn't keep it up"...

Not happened yet for some reason.
32 posted on 11/11/2002 2:03:37 PM PST by TruBluKentuckian
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To: agrandis
I'm not a racing follower, but isn't there another Martin racer that died in a plane crash a few years ago? Any relation?

I believe it was his mother, father and sister that were killed in a plane accident a few years back .. Also the Team Owner Jack Roush (sp?) was is a nasty plane wreck no long ago and almost died

33 posted on 11/11/2002 2:06:48 PM PST by Mo1
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
I've seen pictures of him with the plane, I think he does have a pilot's license...a lot of the racers share private planes, golfers do that too, easier to get from place to place
34 posted on 11/11/2002 2:12:21 PM PST by twyn1
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To: glock rocks
tony earned it, but i was hoping martin could pull one out.

I'm no Ford fan .. But I was hoping Mark could pull it off .. he's worked hard for it

Oh well .. try again next year

35 posted on 11/11/2002 2:12:56 PM PST by Mo1
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To: TruBluKentuckian
Not happened yet for some reason.

You should hear some of the jokes they make down in the pits about the Viagra car...very funny !

36 posted on 11/11/2002 2:18:16 PM PST by twyn1
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Mark Martin and two other people escaped serious injury after his private jet blew a tire and skidded off a runway Sunday night in Phoenix.

Women and children hardest-hit ...

37 posted on 11/11/2002 2:20:28 PM PST by strela
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To: Mo1
the last time i said "this is marks year" he lost to dale by a hair. 90 i think. he's come so close.

i hope they take this year as nearly a win and build on it next year.

38 posted on 11/11/2002 2:22:56 PM PST by glock rocks
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Musta been a little loose in the rear-end. ;-)
39 posted on 11/11/2002 2:22:58 PM PST by TomServo
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To: TruBluKentuckian
he has hit the wall hard, several times this year.
40 posted on 11/11/2002 2:25:04 PM PST by glock rocks
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To: glock rocks
Yes I remember that .. wasn't there another year were it was really close between Mark, Dale and Bill Elliott

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the good old days of racing .. just ain't the same anymore
41 posted on 11/11/2002 2:28:37 PM PST by Mo1
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To: Letitring
Ping
42 posted on 11/11/2002 2:41:43 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: #3Fan
The FAA is looking into reports that in the interest of time, the flight crew opted to change two tires before takeoff instead of three.
43 posted on 11/12/2002 8:25:38 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: WaveThatFlag
One of the lugs may have been loose too. :^)
44 posted on 11/12/2002 9:11:32 AM PST by #3Fan
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To: twyn1
Please humor us. I live in NYC where NASCAR has not been invented yet, so any inside info I receive is via the internet.
45 posted on 11/12/2002 9:48:08 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: WaveThatFlag
Well--let's just say that most of the jokes have to do with "driving hard"; hitting the wall "hard"; going "too hard" on the gas...etc...you get the basic idea...each joke is accompanied by about 15 redneck guys guffawing the whole time...it was an experience I can't quite put into words
46 posted on 11/12/2002 10:49:52 AM PST by twyn1
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To: toddst
People with more money than aviation ability and brains, hire professional pilots.
47 posted on 11/12/2002 10:56:12 AM PST by cynicom
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Sterling and Tony in particular.

Tony I can see ... but Sterling? What has he done that's dirty racing?

48 posted on 11/12/2002 11:03:43 AM PST by al_c
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To: cynicom
People with more money than aviation ability and brains, hire professional pilots.

The article doesn't say for sure, but it sounds like Martin had a professional pilot in the left seat.

Jason Simpson was piloting the plane with Martin.

My point was the fraction of a second allowing for a decision as one approaches rotation. There isn't time to look at the instruments right then.

49 posted on 11/12/2002 11:38:28 AM PST by toddst
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To: toddst
My post was a credit to Martin, for having a pro in the left seat.
50 posted on 11/12/2002 11:42:36 AM PST by cynicom
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