Monday, December 12, 2005

Airports I've known

(and been afraid of)

Chicago's Midway Airport has the shortest runway I've ever heard of. It's also surrounded by houses and roads and people and stuff, so there's not a lot of room for error.

I've been informed that landing there requires use of emergency brakes. When we landed there in August, they sure did use them - you can really tell the difference. We stopped almost at the end of the runway, and I said a quiet thank you to the nice mechanics who maintained those brakes, and the pilot who applied them.

Not everyone's been so lucky though - landing in a snowstorm, a plane slid into the road, and ended up killing someone. They're damn lucky it was only one person.


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