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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
With the help of a giant Airbus A380 jetliner, city officials Monday inaugurated a new cross-field taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport that is designed to improve the safety and efficiency of moving aircraft on the ground. Situated west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the $88-million taxiway is 3,437 feet long and wide enough to accommodate the largest commercial planes as they travel between the north and south runway complexes. The taxiway is one of several modernization projects underway at LAX, the third-busiest airport in the nation.
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OPINION
July 10, 2011
The future of LAX Re "Upscaling their flight plans," July 3 Los Angeles International Airport officials should consider what other cities have done. San Francisco built a new terminal on top of existing structures, and Denver built a new airport outside the city. LAX could do either. Move the main airport to Palmdale. Perhaps the airport could be reconfigured with long terminals similar to Denver's, with underground connections between terminals. It would mean giving up the 1960s-era curbside arrival and departure and the central parking area for a centralized check-in and security entrance.
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NEWS
March 20, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pilot of a DC-9 testified Thursday that he never saw a warning sign or the taxiway "hold line" advising him to stop before his plane strayed onto a runway and into the path of a Northwest Airlines jet in heavy fog last December. The approaching Boeing 727, accelerating for a takeoff at more than 100 m.p.h., struck the DC-9 in a collision that killed eight and injured 21, all on board the DC-9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Barring another terrorist attack or recession that disrupts air travel, Los Angeles International Airport — long ranked among the nation's worst aviation hubs — is on a path that could restore its reputation as the West Coast's dominant international gateway. Modernization projects now underway mark the first major expansion of passenger facilities since the Tom Bradley International Terminal was built for the Summer Olympics 27 years ago. Since then, LAX has steadily fallen behind the modernization efforts of other big-city airports.
NEWS
February 8, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An air traffic controller told federal investigators that last week's Los Angeles airport disaster occurred after she mistook a commuter plane on a taxiway for a similar SkyWest plane that was sitting on a runway, officials reported Thursday. The unidentified controller also told investigators in a three-hour interview Wednesday that she cleared a USAir Boeing 737 for landing on the same runway because she did not see the SkyWest plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2009 | Dan Weikel
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 with about 50 passengers on board lost a tire during landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, but the incident did not delay flight operations, although one runway was closed temporarily, authorities said. LAX officials said Flight 341 from Las Vegas lost one of two tires on the right main landing gear after it touched down shortly before noon. The plane, which landed safely, stopped on a taxiway between the two northern runways at LAX instead of proceeding to the gate.
NEWS
April 10, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
The wing of a Delta Air Lines jet scraped the tail of an American Airlines plane on a taxiway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, causing slight damage to both at the end of California flights. Both airlines today described the incident as minor. There were no injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified. Airlines spokesmen said American Flight 472 had just arrived from Sacramento on Sunday night and was taxiing toward the terminal ahead of Delta Flight 90, which had just arrived from Los Angeles.
NEWS
November 8, 1986 | Associated Press
Shortly before a private plane mistakenly landed on a taxiway and slammed into a commercial jetliner at Tampa International Airport in Florida, two other pilots decided against landing because of poor visibili t y, government sources said Friday. The pilot of the small Piper Apache, a veteran Eastern Airlines captain, was killed in the collision early Thursday and several of the 23 people aboard the Pan American World Airways Boeing 727 were slightly injured.
TRAVEL
June 11, 1989
In "Consumer Report" May 28, Jack Adler should have considered obtaining comments from qualified airline pilots regarding "time spent on the runway." To suggest that planes hold for such lengthy time periods on the runway (1 hour and 15 minutes) is bordering on misinformation. Airline aircraft hold at the gate until cleared by ground control to push back or taxi out of the gate. They then are cleared to taxi via the taxiway to the appropriate runway. Any holds for take-off are held on the taxiway.
NEWS
November 6, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
A twin-engine aircraft slammed into a Pan American World Airways jet on a fog-shrouded airport taxiway today and burst into flames, killing the lone occupant of the small plane, officials said. One witness said the pilot of the Piper Aztec, an off-duty Eastern Airlines captain apparently landing despite orders to stay away, began screaming in terror when the jetliner loomed out of the fog before him. The small plane exploded after skidding beneath the jet and came to rest about 30 yards away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
With the help of a giant Airbus A380 jetliner, city officials Monday inaugurated a new cross-field taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport that is designed to improve the safety and efficiency of moving aircraft on the ground. Situated west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the $88-million taxiway is 3,437 feet long and wide enough to accommodate the largest commercial planes as they travel between the north and south runway complexes. The taxiway is one of several modernization projects underway at LAX, the third-busiest airport in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb
In the latest of a series of reports and retorts over whether the two north runways at Los Angeles International Airport should be reconfigured, the Federal Aviation Administration has sharply criticized a panel of academics that said the runways were "extremely safe" and that further safety measures would be of "limited practical importance." In an April 2 letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt said he supported creating more space between the runways and placing a taxiway between them to prevent ground collisions between planes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2009 | Dan Weikel
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 with about 50 passengers on board lost a tire during landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, but the incident did not delay flight operations, although one runway was closed temporarily, authorities said. LAX officials said Flight 341 from Las Vegas lost one of two tires on the right main landing gear after it touched down shortly before noon. The plane, which landed safely, stopped on a taxiway between the two northern runways at LAX instead of proceeding to the gate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Federal and local officials will unveil a new warning system today that is designed to stop runway incursions that for years have endangered planes taxiing to and from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport. The $7-million system relies on radar that is connected to status lights along a runway and eight taxiways deemed to have the highest risk for aircraft accidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Los Angeles airport officials Monday approved construction of a key modernization project at LAX and took steps to shore up the finances of Van Nuys Airport, which has been operating at a deficit for at least a decade. The Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously awarded an $82-million contract to R&L Brosamer Inc. to build a cross-field taxiway for Los Angeles International Airport that would make it easier for aircraft to move between the north and south runway complexes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A massive Boeing 777-300 airliner was mistakenly assigned last week to a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport that was too short to handle its fuselage, resulting in a minor runway incursion, federal officials said Friday. Air traffic controllers and Federal Aviation Administration officials said the aircraft had a radar designation tag that was unknown to controllers when the All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo landed June 19 at LAX.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1999
A helicopter crash-landed on a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, injuring the three men aboard. The Bell Jet Ranger 206-B, which sustained heavy damage, crashed about 4:30 p.m. between terminals 4 and 5, said LAX spokeswoman Ethel Pattison. The pilot was attempting to land on a helipad atop a parking structure, she said. It went down a few hundred yards short.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
An $83-million taxiway designed to help solve a critical safety problem at Los Angeles International Airport is scheduled to open today after more than a year of construction. Airport officials say the centerline taxiway is expected to greatly reduce the risk of collision when airliners cross one of two runways on the south side of LAX.
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