On Saturday (Sept. 29) at approximately 1:20 p.m., a privately chartered civilian aircraft made an emergency landing on Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field after takeoff from Key West International.
After takeoff, the plane’s pilot reported a pressurization problem and smoke inside the cockpit. NAS Key West air traffic controllers directed the plane to safely land. There were five people and three dogs on board. NAS Key West Fire and Emergency crews and Security personnel responded and cleared the passengers.
The plane, a Lear jet, was waiting for clearance to fly this morning. The aircraft activity log shows it landing at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at around 2:40 pm. this afternoon.
Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today, About.com, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.