Fractional business jet operator Jet It has voluntarily grounded its HondaJet fleet, according to a report.
The company, one of the largest HondaJet fleet operators, reportedly notified employees internally of the aircraft “stand-down” following an accident involving another operator’s HA-420 model in Summerville, South Carolina, on Thursday, according to Private Jet Card Comparisons.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the Thursday accident that involved a HondaJet, listed as owned by Upfrunt Services LLC of Dover, Delaware. The aircraft hydroplaned at the end of Summerville Airport’s (KDYB) Runway 24, struck a berm, and caught fire, according to Aviation Safety Net. None of the five people onboard the aircraft were injured in the incident.
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“We are instituting a safety stand-down while we request further information from Honda. This means we will not be operating the Honda Aircraft until further notice,” Jet It said in an internal message, according to Private Jet Card Comparisons. “During this stand-down, we will be reviewing all information, procedures, and specific data as it becomes available. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.”
The stand-down was to occur over the weekend, and no date for the resumption of operations had been determined, according to the report.
The report of the fleet stand-down comes just weeks after Honda Aircraft Co. reached a confidential settlement with Jet It that ended its breach-of-contract lawsuit against the North Carolina-based operator. In the lawsuit, Honda alleged Jet It had violated agreements and made “disparaging comments” about the aircraft manufacturer.
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FLYING reached out to Jet It and Honda Aircraft, but neither immediately responded to comment.
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