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Could an Airbus A380 Accident Happen at LAX?

The runways at LAX were extended to accommodate the colossal Airbus A380, but what about the tarmac?

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    On Monday night, an Airbus A380 operated by Air France clipped a much a Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet operated by Comair for Delta Air Lines on a dark, wet tarmac at New York City's Kennedy Airport, spinning it like a toy as hundreds of passengers sat in both planes.

    No one was injured, but the accident has raised questions of safety, both at JFK and at LAX.

    Could an Airbus Accident Happen at LAX?

    [LA] Could an Airbus Accident Happen at LAX?
    Monday night one of the world's largest passenger aircraft clipped a much smaller commuter plane on a dark, wet tarmac at New York City's Kennedy Airport, spinning it like a top. Could such an accident happen at LAX? (Published Tuesday, April 12, 2011)

    "It's a matter of having two airplanes at the same place at the same time," states Michael Barr, USC Aviation Safety Expert.

    At LAX about $100 million was spent to accommodate large aircraft, including the A380.

    Taxiway's were widened, and two gates were added at each end of the Bradley International Terminal.

    But safety expert Barr says that ultimately, it's the crew's responsibility to make sure there is wing tip clearance.