Overrun Arresting System Saves Falcon 900

 - November 13, 2006, 11:32 AM

A Falcon 900 (N699BG) owned and operated by Erg Aviation II overran Runway 1 during landing at Greenville Downtown Airport, S.C., on July 17, but was stopped by the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS), preventing possible injuries and damage. The pilot told the NTSB that during the approach the anti-skid system had to be tested twice to produce the correct indication. Upon touchdown the copilot deployed the spoilers and thrust reversers. When the brakes were applied the airplane began to drift to the left of centerline. The pilot said the brakes did not appear to be as effective as normal, but he was able to maintain directional control. The airplane slowed, overran the runway, and was stopped by the EMAS. Fourteen airports currently have 18 of the systems installed and the FAA recently contracted for four more. Designed for runways that do not have enough space for 1,000-foot-long safety areas, EMAS has been credited with preventing injury and aircraft damage on three other occasions.