1/20/2010

Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., was closed for more than five hours on Tuesday after a regional jet aborted its takeoff, rolled off the runway and came to rest in a specially constructed safety zone. There were no injuries reported among the 33 passengers and crew, and officials praised the Engineered Material Arresting System that brought the plane to a stop. "The EMAS system did exactly what it was supposed to do," said a county commissioner. "If it hadn't been for the EMAS, I'm convinced a catastrophic accident would have occurred."

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