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Norwegian report recommends expanding required runway safety zones.

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The Norwegian civil aviation administration is considering a tightening of the rules for the safety zones at the end of runways and the proposed change includes an extension of the safety zone from 60 metres to 300 metres.

If the proposal is approved, it may lead to the closure of airports in Norway, where some airports have safety zones as short as 40-50 metres.

Apart from the proposed extension, some airports may also be asked to increase the width of their runways, according to Tomm Ovre, the aviation administration's project manager for the safety review of the Norwegian airports. The review has apparently been carried out by AEA Technologies on behalf of the civil aviation authority with international safety regulations compliance as the goal. The report from the project recommends a safety zone of 65-70 metres on each side of the runway as measured from the centre line, while some airports are currently approved with a 30 metre safety zone on each side. On average however, the report says that Norwegian runways are sufficiently wide, reported Nationen, a Norwegian newspaper.

A safety zone has to be level and able to carry to weight of the aircraft. The new proposal aims to lower the risk of accidents.

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