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FAA says minor runway incursions up at LAX, but no serious incidents reported

October 8, 2010 |  1:14 pm

Though no serious incidents were reported, the number of minor runway incursions by aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport increased by half this year, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday.

FAA figures show that the number of minor incursions at the nation's third-largest airport rose from eight in 2009 to 12 in 2010. No serious incursions that could endanger aircraft were reported for either fiscal year.

Incursions happen when pilots fail to stop at hold lines on taxiways that lead to runways. Straying too far can lead to collisions with other planes.

FAA officials said air traffic controllers caused two of this year's incursions while pilot error was responsible for the other 10. Overall, the number of incursions at LAX this year are significantly lower than in 2007, when 19 minor and 2 serious incidents were reported.

Officials say the decline since 2007 is the result of improved ground radar systems, the addition of runway status lights and the construction of a center taxiway between the airport's two southern runways.

-- Dan Weikel