U.S. Runway Incursions Drop, OSH Runway Woes

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On Friday at 12:53 p.m. a Van's RV and a Lancair experimental aircraft made contact as they both rolled out on Runway 27 at OSH. We know the time, because we heard it. Last year, there were 339 incursions recorded by the FAA, down 17 percent from previous years. Of course, normal operations at EAA AirVenture, with several aircraft using the same runway at any given time, would qualify as incursions at any other airport. Two pilots who witnessed the accident at OSH told AVweb that the RV was rolling out on the right side of 27 when it turned left and made contact with a Lancair. Both aircraft spun off the runway into the grass. We do have pictures of the results. Though the Lancair spun far and dramatically, it appeared to the pilots who had just arrived in a Skylane II from Greeley, Colo., that no one was seriously injured, though a Cessna taxiing on the grass nearby may be counted among the lucky and survived the incident unscathed. Both aircraft directly involved suffered damage. Elsewhere, in the relatively relaxed environment beyond AirVenture, everything from new radar systems to better pavement markings and signage are credited for the marked improvement. LAX and North Las Vegas Airport were tied for the worst record for incursions, recording 34 in the past four years.