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Originally posted by Countermeasures
What I think is concerning, that many airports, don't have that extra mile backup runway to try safely abort a failed take-off.
The horrible concorde crash comes to mind, they knew something was wrong, but they had used up most of the runway already and no choice but to try take-off and pray they could fly a circle to land again....
I understand the lack of extra runway that this is due to space/money constraints, especially in urban areas were land is scarce and or very expensive.
In that case one should come with some "safetynets" or droguechutes or something at the end of runway to at least bring the smaller planes to a stop without killing the people inside the plane/buildingg etc.
[edit on 2-2-2005 by Countermeasures]