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    "overrun a runway" and "overshoot a runway"

    Hello. safe after overshooting the runway - English

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    A Maritime Self-Defense Force transport sits with its nose in a rice paddy after it overran a runway and crashed through a hedge Monday at an MSDF base in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop YS-11M, skidded off the 1,200-meter runway during landing around 12:40 p.m. There were 11 MSDF members aboard, including a crew of six. No one was injured. The flight originated at the aircraft's base in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, and made two stops before landing in Shimonoseki.(IHT/Asahi: September 29,2009)

    - overrun a runway
    - overshoot a runway
    Do these two mean exactly the same thing?

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    Re: "overrun a runway" and "overshoot a runway"

    Not exactly. It sounds like your unfortunate pilot ran OFF the runway, or ran OVER its edge. So, he may have overrun the runway.

    To overshoot the runway is to suggest he didn't lift off soon enough. He ran out of runway before he was airborne or, even worse, he missed the runway entirely when he landed, and landed (crashed, more likely) after the runway area was already past beneath him.


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