Beechjet Overrun Safely Stopped by EMAS
A Beechjet 400A suffered a landing overrun on February 4 and earned the dubious distinction of becoming the 13th aircraft to be safely stopped by an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of the runway. This also was the first EMAS incident at Cleveland-Burke Lakefront Airport. The cause and circumstance of the mishap are still under investigation, but there were no injuries to the four occupants. An aircraft damage assessment was not immediately available.
The first reported EMAS save was in May 1999 and involved a Saab 340 that overran a runway at New York's JFK Airport. In addition to the latest Beechjet incident, there have been six other business jets safely stopped by EMAS: Dassault Falcon 900 in July 2006; Gulfstream GIV, October 2010; Cessna Citation II, November 2011; Citation Sovereign, October 2013; Falcon 20, January 2016; and Citation X, April 2017.
According to the FAA, these 13 incidents where an EMAS has safely prevented a possibly serious accident involved aircraft carrying a total of 288 crew and passengers. Currently, EMAS is installed at 109 runway ends at 67 airports in the U.S., with six more systems at five additional U.S. airports in the planning stages.