Near midnight on Sept. 19, 2008, a Learjet Model 60 was departing Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Airport (CAE) on a charter flight bound for Van Nuys, California, with a rock band aboard. The tower instructed the pilots to proceed to Runway 11 via taxiway Uniform, but the controller noticed that the Lear had turned in the wrong direction and had the crew back taxi on the runway and perform a U-turn at the departure end. At that point, the captain and copilot reviewed their rejected ...

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