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Heavy snow causes jet to pull stationary wheelie at airport

January 17, 2019
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This Wed. Jan. 16, 2019 photo shows an overnight accumulation of about 20 inches of heavy wet snow dubbed "Sierra cement" causing a Cessna Citation X business jet at an outdoor parking spot to do a tail stand at Truckee Tahoe Airport in Truckee, Calif. Airport official Marc Lamb photographed the aircraft before mechanics cleared the snow. No injuries were reported. (Marc Lamb via AP)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An airport official says an overnight accumulation of heavy, wet snow caused a rear-engine jet parked at a Lake Tahoe-area airport to do a tail stand before mechanics returned it to its parked position.

Truckee Tahoe Airport official Marc Lamb took photos. He tells The Associated Press that most of the 20 inches (51 centimeters) of dense snow that caused the Wednesday morning spectacle melted by Thursday.

No one was injured and the Cessna Citation X aircraft was not damaged by the heavy snow that locals dub “Sierra cement.”

Lamb says other aircraft were moved before the storm, but the Cessna parked outside for maintenance was too large for hangars at the airport northwest of Lake Tahoe.

The National Weather Service has posted another winter storm warning in the area until Friday afternoon.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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