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August 15, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Top Los Angeles International Airport officials Monday publicly questioned whether the Federal Aviation Administration was adequately maintaining its air traffic control equipment after a key landing system malfunctioned, the fourth mishap in less than a month. "Enough is enough," said Frank Clark, executive director of the nonprofit organization that represents airlines operating at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
July 29, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Two small airliners on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport came within moments of colliding earlier this week after a malfunctioning system designed to alert controllers to potential collisions was partially disabled. The pilot of one of the planes, which was taking off, averted disaster by pulling up suddenly -- risking a stall -- to avoid a regional jet that had just landed and strayed onto its runway.
November 24, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Years of efforts to improve runway safety at Los Angeles International Airport have failed to reduce close calls between airplanes on its four busy runways, a Times review of federal records shows. Millions of dollars have been spent to install signs and paint markings on the airfield to guide pilots as they navigate the closely spaced runways. Maps have been created for pilots to highlight danger spots.
September 25, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
THAT plane you're flying on may have been assembled in America, but where was it last serviced? Increasingly, the answer is this: not in the airline's hangars and maybe not even in this country. Outsourcing of repairs and maintenance is spreading through the cash-strapped airline industry. Carriers that outsource say they save money, achieve quicker turnarounds and get higher-quality work by hiring contractors who specialize in servicing jets. U.S.
July 29, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Two aircraft came too close to each other for the seventh time this year at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning when a Cessna Caravan crossed a runway on the south side where an American Airlines Boeing 757 was preparing to take off. The incident was the latest in a string of close calls between jets at the airport that started May 23. Since then, the airport has logged more runway violations than in all of 2004, a pattern officials said has a historical precedent.
April 22, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Alarmed about a surge in train accidents across California, state officials unveiled an ambitious plan Thursday to improve railroad safety and fill a void, they say, in federal enforcement of industry regulations. Meeting in San Francisco, the California Public Utilities Commission endorsed the plan and its 21 recommendations that affect a wide range of rail operations, such as grade crossings and tank cars that carry hazardous materials.
January 31, 2005 | From Reuters
Just 40% of children ages 4 to 8 ride in car safety seats or booster seats at least occasionally, a new survey has found, meaning that most children risk being thrown from the car in the case of an accident. The study shows that many people who drive with children do not have booster seats and feel the risk is acceptable because they are making only short trips.
December 21, 2004 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Flying a small plane into Fullerton Municipal Airport for the first time two years ago, Felix Porras carefully searched the skies for the 760-foot radio tower he had heard about. Having seen it on his aviation charts positioned a mere 1 1/2 miles from the landing strip, he pulled the nose of his plane a little higher just to be cautious. Still, he said he didn't see the tower until he was practically on top of it. "It was pretty scary.
October 5, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Like many of the 170 million cellphone owners across the nation, Karen Cooper enjoys using hers while driving. During her grinding, sometimes hourlong evening commute from West Los Angeles to her home in Torrance, she can often be found with an ear bud wire dangling from her curly hair. "When you're sitting in traffic, it just gives you time to catch up with people," said Cooper, 38, who uses a hands-free device because she believes it's safer.
April 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal safety officials on Friday recommended stricter maintenance and inspection programs for firefighting aircraft after concluding that aging metal caused three fatal air tanker accidents in the last 10 years, including one in the Sierra Nevada.
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