Brazil’s Call for Change: A320 Crash
One day after a TAM Airlines Airbus A320 crashed in Brazil, killing at least 189 people, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations chimed in on Wednesday, “Runways around the world have inadequate overrun areas.”
The airbus was trying to land on a wet runway at Sao Paulo Cagonhas Airport, and when they were unable to stop, they took off again.
The airbus managed to clear the airport fence and a highway. However it crashed into a gas station and a building then exploded into flame.
IFALPA said, Runway-end safety areas should be established at all airports with airline operations, with an overrun space at least 800 feet long or an arrestor system that could halt an errant aircraft.
The 6,362-foot runway in question has often been criticized as being too short.