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Cordova Airport One of 35 Nationally with EMAS Arresting System


(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Nine people walked away unscathed after their private jet overshot the runway at New Jersey’s Teterboro airport Oct. 1, which was attributed to an enhanced safety feature there and one that’s also installed at an airport in Alaska.

According to airport Teterboro airport authorities, the G-4 Gulfstream aircraft came to a halt in an arrester bed, which crumbled from the jet’s weight.

The State of Alaska-owned Merle K. (Mudhole) Smith Airport in Cordova, like Teterboro, features the same technology at the end of one its two runways, making it only one in 35 airports nationally equipped with this safety system.

The arrester bed, known as the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS), contains lightweight, crushable concrete placed at the end of a runway to stop or slow an aircraft that overruns the runway.

When an aircraft rolls into an EMAS arrester bed, the aircraft’s tires sink into the lightweight concrete and the aircraft decelerates as it rolls through the material.

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is studying the feasibility of additional EMAS systems at state-owned airports.

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