I am an hour away from heading to the Toronto airport to catch a flight to Utah for Sundance. Unfortunately, I woke up feeling like death and gallons of oregano oil, “Germ, M.D.”, smoothies, etc doesn’t seem to be helping. Which will nicely combine my two worst fears: illness and flying (which includes both the actual act of flying and the security that comes before it – I have this way of looking like a criminal whenever I go through airport security). The latter fear hasn’t been helped by yesterday’s Toronto Star frontpage headline: “Airport security a ‘con game’,” which has an accompanying article that suggests that there are `gaping security holes’ behind the scenes (read the full article here). So that article plus the anxiety induced by my illness led me to desperate wikipedia-ing to calm my nerves. And thus the following are Random Wikipedia Facts 5, 6 and 7.
See you in Sundance.
Salt Lake City International Airport
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to the United States Department of Transportation Bureau of Statistics, Salt Lake City International ranked number one among U.S. airports in on-time departures and arrivals in 2006 and through July 2007. Salt Lake City International also had the fewest flight cancellations among U.S. airports. JD Power and Associates has ranked the Salt Lake International Airport among one of the top mid-sized U.S. airports for customer satisfaction.
Last reported fatal crash:
August 31, 1988 Boeing 727 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Crashed after takeoff bound for Salt Lake City, Utah. Officials believe the crash was contributed by improper configuration of the flaps and leading edge slats. 14 deaths 26 serious injuries
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Accidents and incidents involving aircraft arriving and departing the airport:
1983: Air Canada Flight 797, on a Dallas-Toronto-Montreal route, had an in-flight fire and landed in Cincinnati; half of the occupants died.
1985: A bomb was loaded onto Air India Flight 181, which departed from Toronto and arrived at Montreal. Air India Flight 182, using the same aircraft and carrying passengers who were on 181, was scheduled to fly Montreal-London-Delhi-Mumbai route. The aircraft exploded over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all of the passengers and crew.
2008: Air Canada Flight 190, flying from Victoria to Toronto experienced severe turbulance over the Rocky Mountains and was forced to make an emergency landing in Calgary, injuring up to 10 passengers.