T+L's Most Dangerous U.S. Airports

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Douglas Coulter

Airline safety is on the rise, but near accidents are still more common than you might think.

No. 11: Chicago Midway

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Score: 2.73

Runway Incidents: 23

Close Calls: While landing on a slippery runway at Midway in December 2005, a Southwest Airlines 737 shot off the end of a runway and into a surface street, where it smashed into a car, killing a six-year-old boy. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation ultimately blamed pilot error, abetted by a lack of the soft concrete Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) that would have slowed the plane after leaving the tarmac.

The Fix: Following that accident, Midway decided to fund and construct EMAS at the end of its runways.

T+L's Most Dangerous U.S. Airports

No. 11: Chicago Midway

Score: 2.73

Runway Incidents: 23

Close Calls: While landing on a slippery runway at Midway in December 2005, a Southwest Airlines 737 shot off the end of a runway and into a surface street, where it smashed into a car, killing a six-year-old boy. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation ultimately blamed pilot error, abetted by a lack of the soft concrete Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) that would have slowed the plane after leaving the tarmac.

The Fix: Following that accident, Midway decided to fund and construct EMAS at the end of its runways.

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