Runway Near-Collisions At LAX Rank Among Highest In US

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The runways at Los Angeles International Airport rank among the most dangerous in the U.S., according to a study released Tuesday.

Travel + Leisure magazine studied runway incidents reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and found LAX had the third-highest number in the nation.

The airport netted a total of 60 “runway incidents” between the years of 2006 and 2010.

A frequent occurrence at airports throughout the country, runway incidents can range from anything from near collisions of taxiing aircraft to unauthorized vehicles or people straying onto a runway.

Chicago O’Hare ranked as the most dangerous U.S. airport, but Travel + Leisure reports O’Hare will soon undergo a $6.6 billion renovation to its runways that officials say will make it one of the safest in the nation.

Check out the full results of the study on Travel + Leisure’s website.

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  • CaptMike

    This is hardly a surprise to the commercial pilots who have operated in and out of LAX for decades. The causal issues in past accidents and close calls never went away and the admin at he airport is too arrogant to ask for such expert opinions.
    That arrogance is part and parcel of why it is such a low-ranked international airport, with congestion, confusing or lacking signage, and less than helpful staff.

  • Alex

    Not surprised. Plenty of low paid and under trained pilot. The last couple landings it felt like the plane slammed in to the ground.

    • Joe

      Under-trained pilots are the fault of LAX?

  • Nicolas Cruz

    Yes this is commend at LAX! I been there for Incursion (plane accident/ major crashes) need to stop building ! Palmdale needs to be built up ! CRUZ-N FOR SAFER AIRPORT!

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  • Denny Schneider

    I encourage CBS to do a follow up report that is more accurate than a NEGATIVE sound bite. First, use recent data from 2010 and 2011. The earlier time period was when the South Airfield Improvement Project (SAIP) was under construction and an over abundance of aircraft were diverted to the north side. Since completion of SAIP fix the historical, greater proportion of incursions are again occurring more on the south. MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT IN 2008 Mayor Villaraigosa TOOK ACTION by called the FAA’s hand and offered to put in SOME of the Runway Status Lights that the FAA had delayed for years! Incursions dropped at the controlled locations! Your next story should ASK THE FAA WHY THEY HAVEN’T FINISHED PUTTING IN THE REST OF THE LIGHTS. These are like stop lights at intersections that dramatically reduced incursions. Since the first group of lights were installed the WORST incursion was at an uncontrolled location. This is something that could be done IMMEDIATELY. There are also taxiway changes that would help make LAX safer. Runway movements is NOT the answer AND WOULD COST $BILLIONS of unnecessary expenses.

    The Airlines, Pilots, design experts, and good logic will tell you that as congestion increases the incursions will increase. They can fix some items on the ground with RSL and taxiway flow improvements, but congestion in the sky can’t be addressed as easily. It’s going to get worse! LAX had a max of 800K ops in 2001 with sky gridlock during peak hours. The FAA projects 1,000,000 operations in 2030!

    Denny Schneider, Pres. ARSAC Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion

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