Door Falls Off Challenger


FAA investigators were to have arrived in Grand Junction, Colo., Tuesday to try and determine why the cabin door fell off a 25-year-old Canadair (Bombardier) Challenger 600 on climbout from the local airport. The door fell in a desert area and no one was hurt on the ground or in the air. Its not clear how many people were on board the aircraft, which is registered to a company in Snowmass, Colo.

The incident occurred shortly after the aircraft took off from Grand Junction Regional Airport about 3:30 p.m. on Monday. The aircraft circled the airport briefly before landing uneventfully at about 4 p.m.