The good news is that
nobody was hurt. The bad news is that someone has a big mess to
A Delta MD-80 from Atlanta ran off the end of the runway at
Pensacola Friday night. The flight carried 140 passengers and five
crew members. The aircraft's landing gear sank in the soft dirt at
the end of Runway 17. Otherwise, officials on the scene say there
was no indication of damage. Still, they admit, getting the
aircraft out of the dirt without causing structural damage to the
MD-80 is, as the Brits say, a "real poser."
There's only one IFR runway at Pensacola Regional Airport. As
recovery teams tried to figure out how to get the aircraft out of
the dirt and back onto the runway, officials shut down the airport.
Runway 17/35 is the only IFR approach available at the field.