SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Investigators say the pilot of a charter jet that skidded off a Northern California runway last month reported that he couldn't get the plane off the ground despite repeated attempts.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in its preliminary accident report Thursday that the Delta Private Jets pilot felt "just a weird sensation" as he pulled the yoke back and the airplane didn't lift off.
He says he tried again and the aircraft's nose still wouldn't lift.
The two pilots then aborted the takeoff without leaving the ground. The twin-engine Cessna Citation kept going past the end of the Oroville Municipal Airport runway, crossed a ditch and skidded across a grass-covered area where it caught fire.
Both pilots and all eight passengers, executives of an Atlanta-based package company, escaped uninjured.
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