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August 2, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into how three jets barely avoided a midair collision over Washington's Reagan National Airport earlier this week, the latest high-profile error in a system that has recorded thousands of mistakes by air traffic controllers in recent years. The incident involving three planes, all operated by US Airways, took place Tuesday around 2 p.m. EDT The aircraft were carrying a combined 192 passengers and crew, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.
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NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
So what can we read into a name? Republican members of Congress, in search of yet another way to honor the man who led them back from the wilderness after the Nixon White House debacle, are trying to rename a mountain after Ronald Reagan. In Nevada. Which, by definition, means out in the middle of a desert , though in this case it has a nice view of Las Vegas. And it's not even like they're trying to name a whole mountain after him. They have their eyes set on a peak that's part of Frenchman Mountain . Which means, technically speaking, Reagan will be secondary to a European.
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NATIONAL
March 25, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
An air traffic controller was suspended Thursday after he fell asleep during an overnight shift earlier this week, forcing two planes to land without assistance from Reagan National Airport's control tower. The National Transportation Safety Board said the controller, who had 20 years' experience, was working his fourth consecutive overnight shift, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. "As a former airline pilot, I am personally outraged that this controller did not meet his responsibility to help land these two airplanes," said J. Randolph Babbitt, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines will soon increase service to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport, thanks to the results of an antitrust lawsuit. To settle an antitrust suit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the U.S. Justice Department required the two merging airlines to give up a combined 104 landing slots at the airport, plus several at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Justice Department made it clear that the airlines must sell the slots to low-cost carriers to ensure strong competition and low prices.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The folks at Airfarewatchdog released a list Thursday of what the online travel website considers the 10 scariest airports in the U.S. I was surprised to see airports right in my backyard -- Orange County, San Diego and Catalina Island -- included. I don't regularly fly in or out of these Southland airports (I've never flown to Catalina) and I realize this is all subjective, but certainly I would have heard these claims before? I'm hoping fliers will weigh in and set me straight, but first, here's the list: --Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colo.
OPINION
January 16, 2002
Re "It's Just Hip When a Congressman Is Asked to Strip," Jan 11: Rep. John D. Dingell's encounter with the security screeners at Reagan National Airport brought to mind a similar encounter of mine. When I passed through a security gate, my surgically placed metallic hip implant set off the alarms. I advised the gate attendant of my then-recent surgery, to which he replied with the now-familiar, "Please take it out, put it in the basket and walk through the gate again." Walter B. Christmas Palos Verdes Estates
OPINION
March 22, 2006 | On the Web For more letters see www.latimes.com/letters.
Re "IRA-Allied Politician Detained at Airport," March 18 One would think a "lengthy inspection" at Reagan National Airport of someone on a terrorism watch list might have taken place before the "suspected terrorist" visited the White House. According to your story, Gerry Adams, leader of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland, attended a White House St. Patrick's Day ceremony and was given the "inspection" on his way to New York after the ceremony. So much for security.
NEWS
October 16, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Passengers flying into Reagan National Airport cannot stand or leave their seats during the last 30 minutes of the flight, airline officials say. Pilots have been told not to land if a passenger refuses to sit. Industry and union sources, discussing the rule on grounds of anonymity, said the restriction is part of enhanced security measures for flights into the vicinity of the nation's capital. Spokesmen for US Airways and Delta Air Lines Inc.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Three aircraft near the nation's capital flew closer than allowed to each other because of a miscommunication by air traffic controllers, federal officials said Thursday, but they insisted that the craft were never on a head-to-head course. At a news conference in Washington, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, told reporters that “there was loss of separation” among three aircraft around Ronald Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, but the officials disputed reports that the craft were on a collision course.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2010 | By Richard Simon
In the wake of "Snowmageddon," the blizzard that paralyzed the mid-Atlantic region, officials Thursday turned to the mammoth task of digging out, challenged by the logistical problem of where to dump mountains of snow. "There is so much snow that there is nowhere to push it," said Esther Bowring, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County government in Maryland, which is hauling snow to parks. Although airports reopened Thursday, the federal government remained shut for a fourth straight day, and many schools are closed.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning has drawn a massive police response. At least four people were killed and eight wounded by an unknown attacker or attackers. (Here is The Times' latest report from the scene .) Below are photos, video and eyewitness accounts from the scene of the shootings, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. EDT. About 3,000 civilian and military people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, which was being cleared room-by-room by armed responders as the morning progressed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
Photographer Jeffrey Milstein has been fascinated with aviation and flying since he was a young boy building toy models. At 15 he would sweep hangar floors at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday mornings in exchange for flying lessons. He passed his pilot's exam at 17. He remembers his father taking him to the end of the runway at Los Angeles International Airport to watch the planes land. "In those days it was DC3s and DC6s. There were no jets yet," said Milstein from his home in Woodstock, N.Y. "I loved standing right under them as they flew over my head.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Three aircraft near the nation's capital flew closer than allowed to each other because of a miscommunication by air traffic controllers, federal officials said Thursday, but they insisted that the craft were never on a head-to-head course. At a news conference in Washington, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, told reporters that “there was loss of separation” among three aircraft around Ronald Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, but the officials disputed reports that the craft were on a collision course.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into how three jets barely avoided a midair collision over Washington's Reagan National Airport earlier this week, the latest high-profile error in a system that has recorded thousands of mistakes by air traffic controllers in recent years. The incident involving three planes, all operated by US Airways, took place Tuesday around 2 p.m. EDT The aircraft were carrying a combined 192 passengers and crew, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The folks at Airfarewatchdog released a list Thursday of what the online travel website considers the 10 scariest airports in the U.S. I was surprised to see airports right in my backyard -- Orange County, San Diego and Catalina Island -- included. I don't regularly fly in or out of these Southland airports (I've never flown to Catalina) and I realize this is all subjective, but certainly I would have heard these claims before? I'm hoping fliers will weigh in and set me straight, but first, here's the list: --Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colo.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
An air traffic controller was suspended Thursday after he fell asleep during an overnight shift earlier this week, forcing two planes to land without assistance from Reagan National Airport's control tower. The National Transportation Safety Board said the controller, who had 20 years' experience, was working his fourth consecutive overnight shift, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. "As a former airline pilot, I am personally outraged that this controller did not meet his responsibility to help land these two airplanes," said J. Randolph Babbitt, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2005 | From the Washington Post
Private flights carrying politicians, business executives and others will be allowed to return to Reagan National Airport by the end of the summer under a plan announced Wednesday by federal officials. Citing national security, the federal government had banned the small planes from the airport -- which is just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington -- since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
NEWS
April 4, 2002 | From the Washington Post
The Frontier Airlines flight crew that violated restricted airspace over Washington on Monday flew slightly west of the White House and the Washington Monument, then flew directly over the vice presidential residence on the Naval Observatory grounds while trying to get back on course, aviation sources said Wednesday.
OPINION
July 19, 2010
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is by far the most conveniently located of the three airfields serving the nation's capital, but its physical and functional limits prevent it from becoming a great one. Congress has compounded those problems with an antiquated "perimeter rule" that makes it hard for millions in the West to take nonstop flights into National. Now, a group of lawmakers is seeking to ease the rule without increasing congestion at National or reducing service to smaller airports in the East.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2010 | By Richard Simon
In the wake of "Snowmageddon," the blizzard that paralyzed the mid-Atlantic region, officials Thursday turned to the mammoth task of digging out, challenged by the logistical problem of where to dump mountains of snow. "There is so much snow that there is nowhere to push it," said Esther Bowring, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County government in Maryland, which is hauling snow to parks. Although airports reopened Thursday, the federal government remained shut for a fourth straight day, and many schools are closed.
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