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United Missed Runway

(Darien Graham) #1

In the wake of Boeing and their two crashes I’m sure everyone is tired of talking about planes going down. However I just saw an article of a United Express plane missing the runway and more or less landing between the taxiway and the runway in Maine. I’m just curious what people thought is on this incident and how something like missing to the side would happen.




This is not the first time such a thing has happened. I believe it was a snow covered runway, so they were probably using the runway lights as a reference. At some point, optical illusions can play funny games on your brain and when they do, things like this can happen.




As a rule I try not to speculate on why or how incidents happen. None of us were in the cockpit and therefore we have no idea what was seen, heard, etc. Best to wait for the reports.