This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Thursday, December 22, 2011

THIS WEEK IN NATCA/AVIATION SAFETY HISTORY:

December 23, 1983 — A Korean Air Lines cargo DC-10 attempting to take off in fog from Anchorage International Airport collides on the runway with a Piper Navajo. The accident injures three people and destroys both planes. Subsequently, ground radar known as Airport Surface Detection Equipment undergoing testing at the FAA’s Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J., is transferred to Anchorage. On October 10, 1985, the agency orders 13 ASDE-3 units for other airports.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY:

1983: A 47-day strike at Greyhound Bus Lines ends with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union accepting a new contract containing deep cuts in wages and benefits. Striker Ray Phillips died during the strike, run over on a picket line by a scab Greyhound trainee.