May 8, Jamaica, N.Y. / Saab 340B


At about 07:03 EDT, an American Eagle Saab 340B was damaged during a runway overrun at John F. Kennedy International Airport. One passenger sustained a minor injury but 29 other occupants were uninjured. The pilots flew an ILS approach to runway 4R and touched down approximately 7,000 feet down the 8,400-foot-long runway. The airplane traveled off the end of the runway, over a speed bump and onto the Engineered Materials Arresting System. The airplane traveled approximately 214 feet across the 600 foot long EMAS, and the landing gear sank approximately 30 inches into the material. The incident was the first known operational use of the EMAS.


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