Report: Some airports falling behind in establishing runway safety zones

03/11/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

According to a government report, 11 major airports around the U.S. are in danger of failing to meet a 2015 deadline for complying with new runway safety guidelines. Congress set the deadline in 2005, requiring runway buffer zones to reduce the chance of injury or death when an aircraft runs off the tarmac. "Until these challenges and problems are addressed, aircraft will remain vulnerable to damage and, what is more important, their passengers remain at risk of potential injury," according to a new report from the Department of Transportation.

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