Blair's Plane Overshoots Runway

I had a few C&Lers email this story to me with allusions to Paul Wellstone. Certainly, British Airways' statement hasn't helped.


British Airways blamed poor lighting at Miami International Airport for a commercial jet overshooting a runway with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family aboard, but airport and federal officials said Wednesday that the lights were fine.

British Airways Flight 209 from London hit some airfield lights after it landed around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, but it did not leave the pavement and it reached the gate under its own power, airport officials said. No injuries were reported.

British Airways spokesman John Lampl said the pilot stopped the 747 at the end of the runway because he couldn't see the lights to the taxiway.

"Apparently they're doing some resurfacing work and relighting, so the lighting was poor," Lampl said.

But airport spokeswoman Lauren Stover said the lights were working fine.

"There was absolutely no construction on the runway," Stover said. Read on...


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