NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the tenth most dangerous airport in the nation.
According to the magazine, incidents on American runways, everything from near collisions to vehicles or people on a runway, are an everyday occurrence.
In compiling the list of Most Dangerous U.S. Airports T+L looked at the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest Runway Safety Report and more recent runway safety statistics supplied by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Only the 35 busiest commercial airports were reviewed and ranked based on which had the most near misses and other runway incidents over the past five years.
The magazine reported that during the five-year period, 2006-2010, DFW Airport hade 61 runway incidents. Ten of those were racked up during one 30-day period in 2008.
The magazine reported that in 2008 DFW also began using a perimeter taxiway system meant to increase runway safety and decrease the possibility of close encounters. Instead of having planes cross over the seven active runways at DFW, the new system allows planes to taxi around them.
DFW International was the only Texas airport to make the list.
The top three airports on the list were Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland Hopkins and LAX: with 75, 45, and 60 runway incidents respectively.