Atlanta One of Top 3 Airports in Near Collisions

| November 26, 2014


ATLANTA — During the holiday season air traffic is taxed to the breaking point to get folks home to family and friends.  No one questions the safety record of air travel.

However, a side-effect of hosting the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, is the issue of near-collisions on airport runways.  Near-collisions on US airport runways involving commercial airplanes increased two-thirds from 2003 to 2013, according to a USA Today review of federal data.

The report states that one of the top 3 with the most runway incursions during that time include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  The other 2 are Chicago’s O’Hare International and Los Angeles International.

There were 341 reported runway incidents – known in the aviation industry as “runway incursions” – involving at least one foreign or domestic commercial flight last year, USA Today reports. In six incidents, a plane encountered a severe risk of a crash, the paper said.

In Atlanta, there were 183 total incidents. Of those incidents, 153 involved commercial flights and three incidents were severe, according to federal data.

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