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United Express E145 Overruns Runway in Lake Charles, Louisiana

United Express E145 Overruns Runway in Lake Charles, Louisiana


Long landings are not typically cause for any concern, unless of course the aircraft ends up off the runway.


On July 22, 2023, a United Express Embraer E145XR — operating flight UA4293 for CommutAir — was operating a short regional flight when it overran the runway at Lake Charles airport in Louisiana (LCH, KLCH).



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The flight was a regularly scheduled commercial service from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH, KIAH) to Lake Charles, typically lasting about 30 minutes.


After a few minutes at a low cruise altitude, the regional jet began its descent for an arrival towards the northeast into Lake Charles. Winds were out of the Northeast, so Runway 5 was in use.




The flight proceeded normally until the landing, where the crew had an available distance of 5,200 feet to land. 5,200 feet is normally plenty for an Embraer E145XR, so runway length was likely not a contributing factor in the incident. 


Photo: AeroXplorer | Connor Ochs



Although not yet confirmed, the most probable cause of the incident is simply a long landing. AeroXplorer is currently awaiting a statement from the airline about the cause.


The aircraft came to a stop outside the available runway on the grass and emergency personnel were on scene to assist. Currently, no injuries have been reported though this remains unknown. The status of the aircraft, a 17-year-old Embraer ERJ-145XR registered N21197, is also unknown at this time.

Gabriel Kramp
Student at the University at Albany, but grew up in rural Massachusetts. Dream job of aircraft dispatcher for Delta (favorite airline).

Comments (4)

131d ago • Reply
Murmanap United owns commute airlines
135d ago • Reply
Javed Sheikh Low time pilots, lack of Part 121 flying discipline and not sticking to rigid flight and approach profiles would make this happen again and again. I am sure they had too much of airspeed, way above their VRef and they floated for long time. How about swallow your pride and Go Around. To me as a retired 121 Captain it is unforgivable, unless you had a total brake failure or he’d wet or slipper runway due to rain or snow, which would have increased your landing distance to begin with. Airlines doesn’t care. They would go to the cheapest possible carrier to run their connector services. You get what you pay for.
135d ago • Reply
TheMachinewon So when UNI-TED decided to go with the cheaper sub carrier, this is going to happen. No Surprise here.
139d ago • Reply

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