On Thursday, the campaign plane carrying Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence skidded off the runway after landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
No injuries have been reported.
The system is designed to prevent a runaway airplane from careening into the roads, buildings, and bodies of water commonly found near many airports.
EMAS is made up of massive blocks of material designed to collapse as the wheels of an airplane roll over it, sinking the plane into the runway and bringing it to a safe and gradual stop. The system is designed to be able to stop aircraft traveling at speeds up to 80 mph.
REUTERS/Lucas JacksonThe Federal Aviation Administration began studying the technology in the early 1990s in conjunction with the University of Dayton, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the company Zodiac Arresting Systems in New Jersey.
According to the FAA, more than 60 US airports — including JFK and LaGuardia in New York and O’Hare in Chicago — have installed the technology.
Two manufacturers are certified to produce an EMAS. Most of the airports in the US with the technology use Zodiac Arresting Systems’ (formerly ESCO) crushable cellular cement for its EMAS.
Others have gone with with a product by Runway Safe EMAS that is made of recycled glass-based silica foam.
Here’s a closer look at Zodiac Arresting Systems’ EMASMAX product: