Mon, Jun 21, 2010
No Injuries As Regional Jet Saved By Overrun Material At Runway
A US Airways regional jet had to abort a takeoff at Yeager
Airport in Charleston, West Virgina Tuesday, but it was prevented
from going over the edge at the mountaintop airport by a
lightweight concrete material designed for that purpose.
Brian Belcher, a spokesperson for Yeager Airport, said there
were no injuries among the 30 passengers on board the aircraft
bound for Charlotte, NC. The airport was closed while the airplane
was cleared from the overrun area.
Belcher told the Associated Press the engineered materials
arresting system (EMAS) performed as designed. It was installed
about a year ago as a safety measure at the airport.
This is the second airliner this year that has been saved by the
overrun material. Another US Airways flight overran the runway on
January 19th, and wound up in the EMAS. The NTSB preliminary report
indicates that PSA Airlines d.b.a. US Airways Express flight 2495,
a Bombardier CRJ-200, registration N246PS, rejected the takeoff and
ran off the end of the runway at Yeager Airport, Charleston, West
Virginia. The airplane stopped in the engineered materials
arresting system (EMAS). There were no injuries to the 30
passengers or 3 crew members onboard and the airplane received
minor damage. That incident is still under investigation.
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