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John Wayne Airport sees decline in runway incursions

Number drops to 7 in '09, down from 10 in '08 and 18 in '07, says FAA.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 09, 2009 11:26 AM

Over the past two years, John Wayne Airport has seen a significant dip in runway incursions, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. These instances occur when something or someone is on a runway without authorization.

For the 2009 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, there were seven such occurrences, down from 10 in 2008 and 18 in 2007.

JWA is among the airports nationwide that have seen improvements in runway safety. The FAA is reporting that serious runway incursions – when a collision is "narrowly avoided" – fell 50 percent in the U.S. for 2009, compared to the previous year. Twelve such events occurred, as opposed to 25 in 2008.

“The aviation community agreed two years ago at FAA’s Runway Safety ‘Call to Action’ meeting to implement safety improvements at U.S. airports,” says FAA administrator Randy Babbitt.

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