February 24, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The battle for Syria's second-largest airport intensified Saturday as government troops tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Assad's forces have been locked in a stalemate with rebels in Aleppo since July when the city, the largest in Syria, became a major battlefield in the two-year-old conflict the United Nations says has killed at least 70,000 people. For months, rebels have been trying to capture the international airport, which is closed because of the fighting.
May 23, 1995 |
Next time you're at Philly International, give a closer listen to the airport public-address system. You may hear some familiar voices. Beginning Thursday night, Boyz II Men crooning "On Bended Knee"; the Patti LaBelle-Michael McDonald duet "On My Own"; Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' toe-tapper "Wake Up Everybody"; and Sister Sledge's anthem "We Are Family" will be among the 15 homegrown acts and composers whose tunes will sound through the...
May 5, 1995 |
You know who you are, but how do you prove it if you have no documentation? Lost in Transit puts Arturo Conti, a respectable, middle-aged Frenchman, into that Kafkaesque predicament when he flies from Montreal to Paris. In Montreal, someone lifted his carry-on baggage containing his passport and his billfold with all his credit cards, driver's license and money, and even stole his shoes. In Paris, immigration officials refuse to let him leave the airport. What is he supposed to do? Stay there, until he can prove he is who he says he is. So Conti, played by Jean Rochefort (The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe)
March 10, 2003
DAILY NEWS reporter Don Russell scoffed at the airport's use of Hummers. He obviously has not seen our remote topography where 75 deer were living on wooded, uneven terrain a few years ago. We chase geese and deer away from our runways because an animal ingested into a jet engine can cause millions of dollars in damage and untold human casualties. Hummers help our employees monitor 12 miles of fence line, portions of which are otherwise inaccessible. These inspections were prioritized by the events of 9/11.
October 7, 2011 |
The long-range expansion of Philadelphia airport is now estimated to cost $1.2 billion more than the original projection of $5.2 billion when the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled the proposal in May 2010. The reason is that the FAA's calculation was based on 2005 financial data. When airport officials rejiggered the numbers, based on 2010 dollars, the tab rose to $6.4 billion over the next 13 years. The earlier estimate did not take into account inflation and escalating costs of raw materials and labor.
March 14, 2000 |
Not again. For the second time in two months, Mayor Street's tenure in office has been marked by a nasty, public, high-level firing. City Aviation Director Alfred Testa was dumped from his $150,000-a-year post yesterday, escorted from his airport office by police and city lawyers after he refused to resign. By one account, Testa felt compelled to tell the small crowd of onlookers gathered in the corridor that he wasn't being arrested. Just fired. In contrast to the explosive jettisoning of Communications Director Ken Snyder in January, the administration tried to handle this departure quietly.
July 1, 2000 |
One of the giddy perks of getting elected, Mayor Street joked when he first took office, was that everyone waits for the mayor - even planes about to take off. The same must go for planes that have just landed, even when the plane is Air Force One and the passenger is the president of the United States. With Street running late due to navigational difficulties yesterday, President Clinton had to wait about 15 minutes before he could make his ceremonial, wave-to-the-cameras descent and shake hands with the mayor at the bottom of the stairs.
May 31, 1987 |
The group exhibited no exceptional signs of nervousness as it walked through the airport toward the Eastern Airlines jetliner. No sweaty palms or rapid pulse rates. No thoughts of escaping through the nearest door. A quick check of its SUDS level, short for Subjective Units of Discomfort, confirmed that the fearful flyers class from Temple University's Agoraphobia and Anxiety Program was handling the trip to the airport surprisingly well. Then they boarded the plane, and their SUDS level shot up like a 727 on takeoff.
April 23, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Lambert Field in St. Louis has been closed after an apparent tornado tore through the airport last night, lifting a roof off the terminal and injuring several people. Broadcast reports, citing airport officials, said most of the injuries last night were believed to be minor. Airport officials say the airport was shut down and planes were diverted to other locations. Crews were assessing damage at all the terminals. Plate glass windows were torn out, largely in Concourse C, where the most of the damage appeared to occur.
June 10, 2013 |
ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan - At least five heavily armed insurgents were engaged in an hours-long gun battle with security forces on the perimeter of Afghanistan's main airport Monday after they tried to attack NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, and at least one large bomb, the army and police said. The airport was closed to civilian air traffic because of the attack, an airport official said. It was unclear whether the attack had damaged facilities inside the airport itself.