Unsafe Airports and Near Misses
It's long been known that takeoffs and landings are the most dangerous part of flying, and now a new study by Forbes.com finds that hundreds of commercial jets have come within eight seconds of colliding on runways. The study details the eight most dangerous airports in the U.S., based on incident reports to the FAA. They are:
1. North Las Vegas, a small airport not to be confused with the larger Vegas airport. It has had 63 runway incidents and six deaths since 2001.
2. Long Beach/Dougherty Field, outside L.A., with 78 incidents.
3. Charlotte/Douglas International, N.C., normally safe according to Forbes, shot into third place due to a single serious incident.
Then come the biggest airports--note the study factored in the number of takeoffs and landings when determining which airports were most dangerous.
4 through 8. Los Angeles International, with 95 serious incidents since 2001, followed by Boston's Logan International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Newark International and Chicago O'Hare. The study notes that runway mishaps are up 37 percent since 1995, due in large measure to more flights but inadequate equipment to deal with them. Find the full report here.
The FAA says it will cost $510 million to upgrade 38 major airports. Who out there is interested in paying higher airport taxes to make those improvements happen?
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