Ameristar Jet Charter
|Operating bases||Addison Airport and Willow Run Airport|
|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Key people||Tom Wachendorfer|
Ameristar Air Cargo, Inc. is an American passenger and cargo airline based in Dallas, Texas, USA. It operates passengers and cargo services in the Americas, as well as acting as a broker to other cargo carriers. Its main base is Addison Airport in north Dallas, with hubs at Willow Run Airport, and El Paso International Airport.
The airline started operations on 4 September 2000 and is wholly owned by Tom Wachendorfer (airline President), who also owns Ameristar Jet Charter. Passenger operations began with Boeing 737-200 in September 2005. Passengers include sports and entertainment industry celebrities, college athletic teams, and high-wealth individuals.
In 2008, an Ameristar 737-200 was painted for use in the film, The Kingdom.
The Ameristar Charters fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||2||—||Y152|
The Ameristar Air Cargo fleet previously included the following aircraft (at December 2011):
Previously operated by Ameristar Charters:
Previously operated: Ameristar Passenger Fleet
- 1 Boeing B737-200 Classic Airliner
- 1 DA20 Dassault Falcon Corporate Jet
- 1 BE9L Beechcraft King Air E90 Turboprop
- 1 LR25 Learjet 25 Corporate Jet
Accidents and Incidents
On August 24, 2001, an Ameristar Jet Charter Learjet 24, registration number N153TW, crashed after takeoff from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport destined for Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport. The probable cause of this accident was "spatial disorientation" due to low visibility night-time flight conditions killing both pilots on board.
On September 29, 2003, an Ameristar Jet Charter Learjet 24, performing flight number 982 from El Paso International Airport to Del Rio International Airport overran the runway. The probable cause of this accident was a higher than recommended landing speed. The plane plunged into flames after exhausting the length of the runway killing one of two crew members.
On January 9,2007, an Ameristar Jet Charter Learjet 24, performing Flight 878 from Laredo International Airport to Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport impacted terrain while on the descent towards its destination killing both pilots on board.
On March 8, 2017, an Ameristar Jet Charter McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (the same aircraft pictured above), performing Flight 9363 from Willow Run Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport while carrying the University of Michigan basketball band, spirit staff, and team to the Big Ten Tournament, overran the runway at Willow Run in Ypsilanti after aborting takeoff in high wind above V1 speed. During the takeoff roll, a fault with the elevator system prevented normal takeoff rotation, forcing the rejected takeoff at high speed once it became clear that the aircraft could not fly. The aircraft ultimately came to a rest just past a perimeter road, with the fuselage intact, but with the undercarriage significantly damaged and the nose gear broken off. There was one minor injury sustained.
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- https://ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20170322.aspx NTSB Issues Investigative Update on Rejected Takeoff, Runway Excursion
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