LAX, nation's airports, reduce incursions

LOS ANGELES The FAA says that after years of effort, Los Angeles International Airport and several other major U.S. airports have continued to reduce runway incursions between planes taxiing to and from terminals.

The FAA says the number of incursions at LAX dropped from 26 in 2000 to just eight this year. All eight were minor.

Nationally, the number of incursions declined from 67 in 2000, down to just 12 this year.

The incidents happen when pilots fail to stop at hold lines on taxiways that lead to runways, risking collisions to other planes.

"U.S. runways have never been safer," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said. "These are big steps for us. We are doing the right things and getting the right result."

CNS contributed to this report.

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