Update On Runaway Plane In Jackson Hole
The following is an update of American Airlines flight 2253 in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
A Boeing 757 overran the Jackson Hole Airport's lone runway and it left investigators questioning what went wrong. Now aviation investigators are looking into two braking systems that may have been the problem. The National Transportation Safety Board said this month that it discovered a problem with a cockpit mechanism. The mechanism is responsible for controlling the speed brake. The speed break is the set of wing flaps that rotate upward. The agency says it is investigating whether or not that is what affected the operation of the system or not.
Also under investigation is the time in which it took to deploy the thrust reversers. Thrust reversers are the mechanical devices that deflect the thrust of the engines.
The Boeing 757 came to a stop approximately 350 feet past the end of the runway. On board were 181 passengers and crew members. Luckily nobody was injured and the plane did not receive any damage. Airport officials had to plow around the plane and brought stairs to the aircraft so passengers could exit. In an effort to get the plane back on the runway crews towed the airliner with bulldozers. Jackson’s airport has only one runway which is a distance of 6,400 feet long. That length is shorter than normal for airports that handle commercial flights.
Located in the southern tip of Grand Teton National Park about 10 miles north of Jackson, Jackson Hole Airport is the only commercial airport permitted to operate inside a national park. Many Concerns have been voiced about the length of the single runway. Since the airport is inside a national park, moving the airport out of the park would have to be among the options considered if the airport proposes expansion.