The Zodiac Arresting Systems EMASMAX engineered material arresting system (EMAS) engaged the undercarriage of the aircraft, bringing it to a safe, controlled stop after the aircraft lost traction and slid into the overrun area
of the runway.
The airplane "swerved" as it slowed, then overran the departure end of the runway and 100 feet of the grass overrun area
. Witnesses said the airplane "almost" stopped on the overrun, but crested a steep embankment and rolled about 100 feet to the bottom where it struck a culvert and came to rest.
The short runway and lack of a safety overrun area
has contributed to two fatal crashes since 1990, Conway officials said.
MANGALORE, May 22, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Indias aviation minister said the pilot of the Air India plane that crashed Saturday was very experienced and suggested a short runway overrun area
could have contributed to the disaster.
"I am sure there are going to be some questions about the nature of the obstructions in the overrun area
. Overruns do happen quite often but usually nobody gets hurt."
Airports are not required to retrofit runways that do not have the 1,000 feet of overrun area
currently required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
An overrun area
would also be installed around the Westhill Road and Scots Lane roundabout to slow drivers and improve safety.
Flight 908, a Boeing 767 service with 102 passengers and crew on board, overran the regular stopping point on the runway at 9:49 p.m., running 10 meters beyond the roughly 60-meter overrun area
and partially damaging lighting facilities, Narita airport authority officials said.
The plane came to a stop in the overrun area
, about 75 feet short of the marshy wetlands beyond the runway.
The EA-6B rolled past the long field gear and the pilot called again for the hook, which was lowered and, happily, worked as advertised in the overrun area
. Damage would have been minimal except for the Prowler sinking into the mud.
And by Thursday, having used the airdrops as backdrop to these victories, the Serbian military commanders made a magnanimous offer: SERBS REPORTED WILLING TO ALLOW MUSLIMS TO LEAVE OVERRUN AREA
, read the front-page headline in The New York Times the next morning.
He responded by reducing engine power and turning in an attempt to land in an overrun area
for the perpendicular runway at the airport.