While 31 Center is out of commission for repairs next week, work also will be done simultaneously on runway navigational aids and construction at the tip of the runway of an aircraft arrester bed. Consisting of crushable blocks of water, foam and cement, the arrester bed is designed to safely stop planes that roll off the end of the runway.
Construction will be completed this year on four arrester beds at Midway. They are being installed in the wake of a December 2005 accident in which a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 skidded off the end of 31 Center while landing in a snowstorm. The plane crashed into several vehicles on Central Avenue, killing an Indiana boy riding in one of the cars.
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