Airport safety features missing in Caribbean, Latin America

01/13/2010 | USA Today

Basic safety features common at U.S. airports could have prevented the recent incident in Jamaica that injured dozens of passengers when an airliner skidded off the runway onto a rocky beach, some experts say. USA TODAY reports that grooved runways and safety zones are absent at many of the most-traveled airports in Latin America and the Caribbean, despite pressure from the International Civil Aviation Organization. "The problem has been there for a long time, and it cuts into the margin of safety," says Bill Voss of the Flight Safety Foundation.

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