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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Monday, July 22

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Although the official NTSB report won't be released for months, USA Today's analysis claims the condition of the runway involved in December's Midway crash was "poor," describing it as "so slippery that it would have been difficult for people to walk on" and asserting that pilots would have experienced minimal traction when attempting to slow down. On the night of the accident, airport officials were reporting the runway's status as "good"; their judgment was based on federal standards for measuring conditions, standards the accident has called into question.

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