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LAX may not meet runway safety deadline

March 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles International Airport may not be able to meet a deadline set for federal runway safety standards.Congress set the safety deadline for the year 2015. But airport officials say LAX faces significant hurdles in repairing two northern runways that have smaller safety zones than have been required by law for airports since 1988.

A report by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that in the past ten years, 75 aircraft in the U.S. overran or veered off runways, killing 12 people and injuring 200.

The report says safety constraints require upgrading at 10 other major airports, including John F. Kennedy International in New York, Baltimore Washington International, and Boston Logan. Investigators say they all lack adequate safety areas around some of their runways.


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