CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - John Wayne has one. Louis Armstrong has one. Shoot, even Imelda Marcos, shoe queen and former first lady of the Philippines, has one. And John F. Kennedy? He has three airports named in his honor. But here in the vibrant heart of gay America, the push to change the name of San Francisco International Airport to commemorate slain civil rights activist Harvey Milk has run into turbulence. Supervisor David Campos, who floated the idea to make the airport the first in America to be named after an openly gay leader, argues that the moniker Harvey Milk SFO will "make our airport a beacon of hope" around the world "for all individuals who are bullied, discriminated against and abused.
April 13, 1992 |
About 400 passengers were evacuated from a United Airlines 747 at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday after the pilot reported smoke in the cabin, authorities said. A few people suffered minor injuries while jumping down the plane's emergency chutes, said airport spokesman Ron Wilson. The smoke came from an overheated battery, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
March 7, 2013
Re "Idea isn't flying," March 5 The latest proposal to change the name of an airport - this time San Francisco International Airport to the name of slain civil rights activist Harvey Milk - is getting a thumbs-down by the people. No wonder. The idea of naming airports after people has never been a good idea. Airports and their names are vital links in the whole aviation grid, and it should be obvious to indicate where they are geographically located. For instance, why did they change the perfect names of the airports in Burbank and Orange County to the names of two movie actors?
January 3, 1990 |
Several flights at San Francisco International Airport were diverted away from a runway near the long-term parking lot after an unidentified man allegedly fired gunshots in the air, officials said. The man, who may have lived with his family in a motor home on the lot, was taken into custody by airport police, airport spokesman Ron Wilson said. No one was injured and no property was damaged, Wilson said.
June 22, 1986
Several passengers suffered minor injuries sliding down emergency escape chutes after an American Airlines Boeing 727 aborted a takeoff at San Francisco International Airport because of smoke coming from the landing gear. The plane, bound for Phoenix with 67 people aboard, was on the runway when the control tower spotted smoke near the left landing gear. The captain pulled the plane over to a taxiway and deployed the emergency chutes. Cause of the smoke is under investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1992 |
An engine exploded on a Hawaii-bound jetliner shortly after it departed from San Francisco but the plane turned back and landed safely. No one was injured. The United Airlines DC-10 was headed to Kona, Hawaii, with about 240 passengers on board when the engine exploded shortly after takeoff, said Ron Wilson, spokesman for San Francisco International Airport.