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Airplane Accidents Spark Safety Review

March 16, 2000

LOS ANGELES — Citing a series of recent accidents, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to ask for a review of airplane safety in the skies over the San Fernando Valley.

Councilman Alex Padilla sponsored the motion, which asks the city airports department to meet with Federal Aviation Administration officials and the operators of Burbank Airport to determine if there are policy changes or other actions that can improve air safety.

Padilla cited recent accidents, including a fatal collision between two small planes over Sylmar last month that killed four people, and an incident earlier this month in which a Southwest Airlines jet skidded off the runway at Burbank airport.

Recent incidents, Padilla said, "called to our attention the dangers and hazards of air flights in air space not only over the San Fernando Valley but also throughout the Los Angeles area."

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