The County Says North and East
Takeoffs are "Safe".
But their study assumes "all engines running".
Click here for the County press release
The Air Line Pilots Association
opposes takeoffs into mountainous terrain.
July 2, 1998 letter from ALPA cites safety objections to El Toro plan.
Click here for full text of ALPA's letter to the county.
Engine Failures On Takeoff Do Happen
* Click to see how three recent engine failures at John Wayne ended safely. Pilots were able to continue out over the ocean -rather than into El Toro's mountainous terrain.
Also read about a recent 747 "incident" at San Francisco International.
Are you ready to bet your life that the county knows better than the pilots?
Are you ready to spend billions of dollars on the county's plan?