Every year or so we see another case of a passenger-carrying-airplane sliding off the end of a runway. Given the sheer number of landings in a winter season, I’m surprised it does not happen more regularly. More often than not, pilot error is implicated, prompting the usual call for pilots to stop floating down the runway and get serious about the things that make the airplane stop. We pilots typically and quickly dismiss the actions of the accident crew, rationalizing that they ...

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