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Logan ranked 9th most dangerous airport in the country


A new report ranks Logan International Airport as the ninth most dangerous airports in the country.

The ranking from Travel and Leisure magazine is based on the number of runway incidents – 63 between 2006 and 2010, according to the magazine, which examined the 35 busiest airports in the U.S.

FOX Undercover did its own investigation of Federal Aviation Administration data several years ago, when Logan led the country in close calls on the runway.

In that investigation, air traffic controller Kevin Winn recalled telling colleague Jim Sawyer about a close call in 2005.

“I kind of nudged Jimmy, he was standing right beside me, I said, ‘Hey Jimmy, that guy's not stopping,’” Winn said.

It was a potential disaster only seconds away, since a JetBlue aircraft packed with passengers had already been cleared for takeoff on the runway that a FedEx plane was crossing.

“The aircraft that was departing would have taken the heavy jet that was crossing right in mid-section, going right over him,” said Sawyer.

In another 2005 incident, an Aer Lingus Airbus was cleared for takeoff on one runway but five seconds later, a US Airways jet was cleared for a takeoff on an intersecting runway.

Less than 200 feet separated the planes when they took off, something that appeared to catch the air traffic controller by surprise, according to radio recordings obtained by FOX Undercover.

“Probably no need to say so for US Air 1170 but just for the record, there was a near miss there on take off,” the US Airways pilot said.

“Ah, okay,” the air traffic controller replied.

“I concur,” the other pilot said.

The FAA is dismissing the new airport rankings, saying in a statement that, “Over the past decade the aviation community has successfully worked together to reduce the number of serious runway incursions by more than 90 percent. In 2010, three serious runway incidents involved commercial aircraft during millions of commercial operations. The FAA believes the total number of incidents is too small compared to the number of operations to provide any useful comparison of airport safety.”

Topping the magazine’s list of most dangerous airports was Chicago’s O’Hare airport, followed by Cleveland’s and Los Angeles’ airports.

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