Boston airport unveils debris-detection system

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2013 2:36 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A new automated system to detect debris on airport runways has been installed at Boston's Logan Airport, the first in the U.S. with the technology.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, airport-owner Massachusetts Port Authority and developer Xsight Systems unveiled the $1.7 million FODetect system Friday. The FO stands for foreign object.

The system is in use on Logan's busiest departure runway. It uses sensors and video to detect debris.

Xsight said it's also installed at airports in Bangkok; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, where debris led to the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.

No major U.S. accident has been blamed on runway debris, but the FAA says it causes significant damage to planes every year and leads to delays.