Slippery When Wet- Bristol's Runway

This article discusses some problems with the United Kingdom’s Bristol International Airport that led to the cancellation of a number of flights due to safety concerns. Concerns arose stemming from the airport’s 17 million British pound landing strip resurfacing project, conducted mostly during the night hours to avoid costly airport shutdowns. For the areas of the runway being worked on, contractors used a temporary surface; however, the surfacing used was, prior to the incident sparking the cancellations, lacking the grooves standard in runways that allow for better traction of airplane wheels. When an airplane in taxi slid off the pavement during inclement weather, a number of airlines using the airport justifiably cancelled all their incoming and outgoing flights from the airport due to safety concerns. These concerns were quickly mitigated by an application of grooves to the surface.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 38-39
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045015
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2007 12:28PM