T+L's Most Dangerous U.S. Airports
No. 1: Chicago O’Hare
Runway Incidents: 75
Close Calls: In 2006, a United Airlines 737 was picking up speed on the runway when the pilot saw an Atlas Air 747 rolling into its path. Quick thinking by the United pilot prevented a collision, but only by 120 feet.
The Fix: A $6.6 billion modernization plan scheduled for completion in 2014 will realign O’Hare’s runways into a much safer configuration.