July 23, 2008 |
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government may not withhold key data on serious car accidents from the public. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia potentially ends years of litigation over the data, and could soon put crash information collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into the hands of journalists, consumer watchdogs and others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2008 |
As an American Airlines jet readied for takeoff on the runway at this city's airport recently, red lights embedded in the pavement at intersecting taxiways down the field blinked on, warning other aircraft to stay clear. Air traffic controllers watched from the tower as the slender silver MD-80 started rolling down the runway, gaining speed on its way to Dallas. Once it was safe, the red lights clicked off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2007 |
The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that the two north runways at LAX need to be reconfigured to lessen the chances of collisions between aircraft on the ground. "In general we're happy with the way that the south airfield is going" at Los Angeles International Airport, said Bobby Sturgell, acting FAA administrator, referring to the current reworking of the runways on the facility's south side. "We'd like to see something done on the north side. . . .
July 21, 2007 |
For months, Brazilians have been using the phrase "air blackout" to describe the crisis in the country's aviation system that reached epic proportions this week with the worst crash in the nation's history. The use of this phrase is no accident.
June 10, 2007 |
Richard Grove, 73 years old and a robust 6 feet tall, set out with confident strides across a laboratory floor the other day. His first five steps went great. Then his left foot hit a slippery patch and skidded. His arms windmilled over his head as if he were throwing a baseball with each hand. His right foot shot forward to come even with his left. But he quickly regained his balance and kept on walking. This was no accident. Grove had just slipped for science.
May 19, 2007 |
Operators of underground coal mines will be required to take far stronger action to prevent explosions like the one that killed 12 men at the Sago Mine last year, under new rules issued by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The rules, which take effect Tuesday, follow the agency's conclusion that lightning sparked methane gas in a sealed section of the West Virginia mine.