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February 18, 2007 | Chris Erskine, Times Staff Writer
CALL it the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Wednesday's blizzard, which swept from the Midwest to the Northeast, canceled hundreds of flights and left travelers stranded for up to 10 hours aboard their planes as crews worked to de-ice aircraft and clear runways. In fact, runway-sitting has become the national pastime this winter. What's a seasoned traveler to do? Well, as someone once noted, "Laughter is an instant vacation."
December 22, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
It started Monday when their first plane blew a tire on takeoff, dumped fuel over the ocean and circled back to Los Angeles International Airport to land in a spray of sparks, shedding 200 pounds of rubber and metal on the runway. On Tuesday, hundreds of Air India passengers tried again, settling into a different jumbo jet with "Your Palace in the Sky" scrolled in red script near the tail. This time, one of the engines wouldn't start. For about five hours, travelers sat in the sweltering plane.
October 23, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
REMEMBER the prisoners of Northwest Airlines? Trapped by the thousands for hours in jets at the snowbound Detroit airport in January 1999, often without water or working toilets, these fliers became cause celebres for abused air passengers. Back then, indignant congressmen proposed legislation to regulate these situations. More than six years later, passengers stuck on the ground in uncomfortable conditions have no more legal recourse than they did in 1999.
July 28, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
The warning was urgent. "There's a wheel from a tug rolling onto 25R," cautioned an airline pilot over the radio at Los Angeles International Airport. "It's on the runway? What part?" asked a surprised air traffic controller, who scanned the airfield for the cart tire. "It's still rolling," replied the pilot. "OK, it's still rolling," repeated the controller, who by now spotted the 30-pound wheel, but could only watch helplessly from the tower as it skittered past a taxiway.
April 29, 2005
In the news report "U.S. Clears Troops in Italian's Death," Army Gen. George W. Casey said he had no reason to believe that U.S. officials were warned that the Italians were on the airport road. But there was reason to believe it. There was an Italian jet transport sitting on the Baghdad airport's tarmac, having been cleared to land there precisely so that it could fly Giuliana Sgrena out of the country. Surely U.S. forces knew it was there, and why. Surely someone in the U.S. chain of command wondered when and under what circumstances it was planning to depart.
March 14, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
An Air China jumbo jet bound for Beijing got stuck early Sunday when it veered off a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport, closing down the runway for hours, aviation officials said. None of the 336 people on board were injured, officials said. The incident began just before 2 a.m. when Flight 984's pilot tried to turn right onto a runway on the airport's southeast side before takeoff, said Nancy Castles, the airport's public relations director.
July 14, 2002
I have lived in Irvine for more than 20 years. I have raised my family here; I have made my living here; my wife and I are growing old together here. I strongly believe that what makes Irvine special is the working relationship between the city of Irvine and the Irvine Co.--sometimes antagonistic, sometimes cooperative, but always creative--that has resulted in the planning and development of America's finest master-planned community. Sure, some people complain about the "sameness" and the fact that there's no central downtown, but most residents are happy, secure and tickled pink with their property values.
Accustomed to gaining a head start, David Lizarraga thinks nothing of beginning this particular work week on a Sunday afternoon. As president and chief executive of the East Los Angeles Community Union, a Los Angeles nonprofit community development corporation known by its acronym Telacu, Lizarraga is the host of a fund-raising dinner for L.A. Opera at the company-owned restaurant Tamayo.
John Wayne Airport has asked the FAA to open a safety investigation to determine why Delta Airlines jets have blown tires while landing at the airport nine times since 1998, officials said Saturday. The latest blowout occurred Nov. 24, shutting down commercial air operations for two hours while workers removed the plane and rubber debris from John Wayne's sole commercial runway. It was the fourth tire blowout on the tarmac this year.
August 5, 2001
Re "Aviation Officials Urge More Runways," July 27: LAX does not need any more runways. What it does need is the movement of all cargo activity to Palmdale. That would provide many more slots for passenger service and alleviate traffic by removing noisy, smog-producing 18-wheelers. Also, move all light planes to other nearby airports, such as Hawthorne and Santa Monica. More gates are needed--and can be provided--in the existing terminals by employing methods now in use at Dulles Airport in Washington.
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