CHICAGO (CBS) — A small airplane slid off the end of a runway at Chicago Executive Airport in north suburban Wheeling early Tuesday.
Around 4:15 a.m., a medical cargo plane from Detroit landed at Chicago Executive Airport, and slid off the facility’s longest runway, airport spokesman Rob Mark said. The Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), a bed of crushable material designed to stop planes that overshoot the runway, brought the plane to a halt.
“We just finished putting those in this year, and so this is the first time we’ve needed them, and obviously it’s a good thing we did, or that airplane would have ended up on Palatine Road,” Mark said.
Mark said the pilots of the plane had made a previous landing attempt, but aborted that landing before circling and trying again. It was not immediately clear why they aborted the first landing, but Mark said braking action on the runway was reported to be good at the time of the landing, and conditions should have been good enough to see the runway.