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This article is about the airport of Portland, Oregon. For the airport of Portland, Maine, see Portland International Jetport. For the United States Air Force use of the airport, see Portland Air National Guard Base.
Portland International Airport
PDX Airport diagram.pdf
PDX airport diagram.
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Port of Portland
Serves Portland metropolitan area
Location Portland, Oregon
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 45°35′19″N 122°35′51″W / 45.58861°N 122.59750°W / 45.58861; -122.59750Coordinates: 45°35′19″N 122°35′51″W / 45.58861°N 122.59750°W / 45.58861; -122.59750
Website www.flypdx.com
PDX is located in Oregon
Location of airport in Oregon
PDX is located in Portland, Oregon
Location of the Airport in Portland
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
10L/28R 9,825 2,995 Asphalt
10R/28L 11,000 3,353 Concrete
Passengers (2014) 15,916,512[1]
Aircraft operations (2014) 216,253[1]
Based aircraft (2007) 92

Portland International Airport (IATA: PDXICAO: KPDXFAA LID: PDX) is a joint civil-military airport and the largest airport in the U.S. state of Oregon, accounting for 90 percent of passenger travel and more than 95 percent of air cargo of the state.[2] It is located within Portland's city limits just south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County, 6 miles (10 kilometers) by air and 12 mi (19 km) by highway northeast of Downtown Portland. Portland International Airport is often referred to by its IATA airport code, PDX.

Portland International Airport has direct connections to major airport hubs throughout the United States, and non-stop international flights to Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The airport is a secondary hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, with Seattle/Tacoma International Airport as the primary hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The airport also serves as a maintenance facility for Horizon Air. Small regional carrier SeaPort Airlines operates its Pacific Northwest hub at PDX. General aviation services are provided at PDX by Atlantic Aviation.[3] The Oregon Air National Guard has a base located on the southwest portion of the airport property grounds, and is also the host unit of the 142d Fighter Wing (142 FW) and the F-15 Eagle. Local transportation includes the MAX Red Line, which takes passengers between PDX and Downtown Portland as well as farther west to Beaverton, Oregon. There is also Interstate 205, which connects to southwestern Washington (north from PDX) along with many suburbs of Portland (south from PDX).

Statistics and ratings[edit]

In 2014, PDX handled 15,916,512 passengers and had non-stop commercial air service to 16 of the 18 most populated US Metropolitan Statistical Areas.[4]

In 2013, a Travel+Leisure magazine readers' poll named PDX as the best US airport, based on its on-time record, dining, shopping, and mass transportation into the main parts of the city.[5] In 2015, Travel+Leisure also named PDX as the best US airport. Along with its continued on-time record, shopping, transportation options, and the growth of international service, 10 new restaurants were opened at PDX, making it a "foodie haven" according to travelers. PDX also got significant recognition for its unique carpet pattern, which is to be replaced throughout the entire airport with newer carpet that contains a similar design. This project is to be finished by 2017.[6][7][8] In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, PDX was identified as the top airport for business travelers in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.[9][10] The Condé Nast ranking was based upon criteria including location and access, ease of connections, food, shops, amenities, comfort and design, and perceived safety and security; PDX received the top overall score, and the magazine noted the airport's environmentally friendly initiatives, including the airport's use of solar panels for power, its connection to the MAX Light Rail, and the recycling of its restaurants' used oil and grease.

In 2008, a J.D. Power study contradicted the magazine's assessment, ranking the airport 19th in overall airport satisfaction out of 21 U.S. airports with from 10 to 30 million passengers per year. It scored Portland International Airport as "average" in the categories of check-in/baggage check, security check, and baggage claims. It also scored at the bottom of several categories, including overall airport satisfaction, airport accessibility, terminal facilities and food and retail services.[11]


There are two main passenger terminals that are located within the airport. These two terminals are connected beyond the security checkpoints by a walkway that was opened in August 2005.[12] The airport also offers many complementary services such as free Wi-Fi wireless internet access, a children's play area, and postal services.

The airport has a shopping mall behind its ticketing counters, with all shops and restaurants open every day. Because the state is one of the few in the nation with no sales tax, all stores offer tax-free shopping. The Port of Portland also requires all airport shops and restaurants to practice fair retail pricing—businesses are not allowed to charge more than at off-airport locations.[13] Stores include national stores and Oregon-based ones such as Made in Oregon, Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Powell's Books, and Oregon Pendleton Shop among others.[13] Food services also are a mix of national chains and local options.[13]

Several local food carts are located within the pre-security concourse.[14]

Concourses and terminals[edit]

The two passenger terminals (South and North) at Portland International Airport contain five concourses (A, B, C, D, E). In addition, Portland International Airport handles many operations from a variety of different cargo transportation airlines.

The international section of Concourse D was renamed the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh International Concourse to honor former Oregon Governor Victor G. Atiyeh, who was also known as "Trader Vic" for launching international tourism and trade initiatives during his term as Oregon Governor.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are currently the airport's largest passenger carriers.[15]

South Terminal
  • Concourse A has 12 gates (A1–A12)
  • Concourse B has 3 gates (B1–B3)
  • Concourse C has 23 gates (C1–C23)
North Terminal
  • Concourse D has 15 gates (D1–D15)
  • Concourse E has 7 gates (E1–E7)

There are a total of 75 gates located within the two passenger terminals.[15]

Concourse E expansion[edit]

Starting by early 2017, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will move all operations from concourses A, B and C to concourse E, while PenAir, SeaPort Airlines, United Airlines and United Express will move all operations from concourse E to concourse C. Air Canada Express will move all operations from concourse E to concourse D. After the airline operation moves are made, concourses A, B, and C will all be merged as one concourse, which will be called concourse C.

As a part of this plan, Concourse E will be extended by 210 feet (64 m).[16] The $98 million project is expected to be complete by late 2017.[17] As a whole, this plan is designed to balance the number of passengers throughout the south concourses (A, B and C) and the north concourses (D and E).

Airport lounges[edit]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Note: All international arrivals (except flights from cities with customs pre-clearance) are handled at the far end of Concourse D, regardless of their departure concourse.


Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson (resumes May 27, 2016)[18] E
Air Canada Express Calgary, Vancouver E
Alaska Airlines Anchorage, Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Kahului, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Washington-National
Seasonal: Kailua-Kona, Lihue, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo
B, C, D
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Bellingham, Billings, Boise, Eugene, Medford, Missoula, Oakland, Redmond/Bend, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, Tri-Cities (WA), Vancouver
Seasonal: Kalispell
A, B
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Austin, Boise, Bozeman, Burbank, Dallas/Fort Worth (begins February 18, 2016),[19] Fresno, Kansas City (begins February 18, 2016),[19] Minneapolis/St. Paul (begins February 18, 2016),[19] Omaha (begins February 18, 2016),[19] Ontario, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara, Tucson A, B
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix
Seasonal: Philadelphia
C, D
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt D
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal: Honolulu (resumes December 19, 2015),[20] Seattle/Tacoma
Delta Connection Los Angeles (ends May 31, 2016),[21] Seattle/Tacoma D
Frontier Airlines Denver C
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu D
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavik D
JetBlue Airways Long Beach, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Anchorage, Boston
PenAir Crescent City E
SeaPort Airlines Moses Lake (begins March 1, 2016),[22] North Bend/Coos Bay, Pendleton E
Southwest Airlines Albuquerque, Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose (CA)
Seasonal: Austin, Baltimore, Houston–Hobby
C, D
Spirit Airlines Las Vegas, Los Angeles (begins March 25, 2016)[23]
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles D, E
United Express Seasonal: Denver, San Francisco E
Virgin America San Francisco D
Volaris Guadalajara D


Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Los Angeles, Seattle-Boeing
Airpac Airlines Redmond/Bend, Seattle-Boeing
Air Transport International Los Angeles, Seattle-Boeing
Ameriflight Astoria, Boise, Brookings, Burns, Corvallis, Crescent City, Eugene, Grants Pass, Hermiston, Kalispell, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Medford, Newport, North Bend/Coos Bay, Oakland, Pendleton, Redmond/Bend, Roseburg, Sacramento, Salem, Salt Lake City, Seattle-Boeing, Tacoma, Tillamook, Yakima, Vancouver
FedEx Express Fort Worth/Alliance, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Phoenix, Seattle/Tacoma
FedEx Feeder Corvallis, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford, Newport, North Bend/Coos Bay, Redmond/Bend, Roseburg, Salem
Martinaire Eugene
UPS Airlines Anchorage, Chicago-Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Louisville, Oakland, Ontario, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, Sacramento-Mather, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle-Boeing, Spokane, Vancouver
Western Air Express Boise, Seattle-Boeing, Spokane


Atrium at the end of Concourse D
The airport as seen from Rocky Butte
Portland International Airport at night.

Top international destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from PDX (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2014)[24]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Vancouver, Canada 197,349 Air Canada, Alaska Airlines
2 Amsterdam, Netherlands 143,151 Delta Air Lines
3 Tokyo (Narita), Japan 109,374 Delta Air Lines
4 Calgary, Canada 23,911 Air Canada
5 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 7,527 Alaska Airlines
6 Guadalajara, Mexico 7,281 Volaris
7 San José del Cabo, Mexico 6,107 Alaska Airlines

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from PDX (Sep. 2014 – Aug. 2015)[25]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Seattle/Tacoma, WA 632,000 Alaska, Delta
2 San Francisco, CA 510,000 Alaska, United, Virgin America
3 Denver, CO 475,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
4 Los Angeles, CA 462,000 Alaska, Delta, Southwest
5 Phoenix, AZ 450,000 Alaska, Southwest, US Airways
6 Las Vegas, NV 361,000 Alaska, Southwest, Spirit
7 Chicago (O'Hare), IL 342,000 Alaska, American, Spirit, United
8 Salt Lake City, UT 311,000 Alaska, Delta
9 San Jose, CA 286,000 Alaska, Southwest
10 Oakland, CA 272,000 Alaska, Southwest

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at PDX, 1999 through 2014[26][27]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 13,192,857 2000 13,790,115
2009 12,929,675 1999 13,721,684
2008 14,299,234
2007 14,654,222
2006 14,043,489
2005 13,879,701
2014 15,916,512 2004 13,038,057
2013 15,029,569 2003 12,396,068
2012 14,390,750 2002 12,241,975
2011 13,675,924 2001 12,703,676

Public transportation[edit]

A MAX Red Line light-rail train passing cargo buildings at PDX

Public transit service to the airport is provided by TriMet, the metropolitan area's primary transit agency, with its MAX Red Line light rail service. The 1986-opened MAX Light Rail system was extended to the airport in 2001,[28] and originally provided service as far as downtown Portland only, but in 2003 was extended beyond downtown, to Beaverton.[29] The light rail station is located only about 150 ft (50 m) from the airport's baggage claim area.[28] Prior to 2001, TriMet service to the airport consisted of bus route 72-82nd Avenue from 1970[30] to 1986, and route 12-Sandy Blvd. from 1986[31] to 2001.[32]


Portland's first airport was on Swan Island,[33] northwest of Downtown Portland on the Willamette River. The Port of Portland purchased 256 acres (104 ha) and construction began in 1926. Charles Lindbergh flew in and dedicated the new airfield in 1927.

By 1935 it was becoming apparent to the Port of Portland that the airport was becoming obsolete.[33] The small airfield couldn't easily be expanded, nor could it accommodate the larger aircraft and passenger loads expected to become common to Portland. Plans immediately were conceived to relocate the outdated airfield to a larger site. The Swan Island Municipal Airport is now used by the Port of Portland for industrial parks,[34]

Construction and early operations[edit]

The present PDX site was purchased by the Portland City Council in 1936. It was 700 acres (280 ha) bordered by the Columbia River in the north and the Columbia Slough in the south. The city council issued US$300,000 and asked the Port of Portland to sponsor a US$1.3 million Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant to develop the site into a "super airport". The project provided badly needed Great Depression-era jobs and was completed in 1940.[35] The airport was designated Portland-Columbia Airport to distinguish it from then-operating Swan Island Airport. During World War II, the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces.

The "super airport" had a terminal on the north side, off Marine Drive, and five runways (NE-SW, NW-SE, and an E-W runway forming an asterisk). This configuration was adequate until a new terminal and a longer, 8,800-foot (2,700 m) east-west runway were constructed in 1952. View airport diagrams: 1955 and 1965

In 1948 the entire airport grounds were flooded during the Vanport Flood, forcing scheduled airline services to reroute to nearby Troutdale Airport. The grounds were under water for several months.

New terminal[edit]

Departure area of the airport

A new terminal opened in 1959, which for the most part serves as the present facility.[36] The new terminal is located to the east of the original runways, and north of the then-new 8,800 ft (2,700 m) runway. Construction of a second east-west runway to the north made this a midfield terminal. At this point, all but the NE-SW (3/21) runway in the original "X" were abandoned and turned into taxiways. 3/21 was extended for use as a cross-wind runway. "International" was added to the airport's official designation after the 1950s-era improvements.

Plans made in 1968 to add a third runway by means of filling in parts of the Columbia River were met with vocal public opposition and scrapped. The airport switched from screening passengers at individual gates to screening all visitors at concourse entrances in 1973 as new FAA regulations went into effect.[37] In 1974 the south runway was extended to 11,000 feet (3,400 m) to service the newest jumbo jets. The terminal building was renovated and expanded in 1977.[36]

By the 1980s, the terminal building began an extensive renovation in order to update PDX to meet future needs. The ticketing and baggage claim areas were renovated and expanded, and a new Concourse D for Alaska Airlines was added in 1986.[38] Concourse E was first to be reconstructed in 1992, and featured PDX's first moving sidewalks.[36] The Oregon Marketplace, a small shopping mall, was added in the former waiting areas behind the ticket counters.

The early 1990s saw a food court and extension added to Concourse C, and the opening of the new Concourse D in 1994.[36] This marked the first concessions inside secured areas, allowing passengers to purchase items without having to be re-screened.

An expanded parking garage, new control tower, and canopy over the curbside were finished in the late 1990s. Although hailed by architectural critics, the canopy blocked views of Mount Hood from the curbside. On July 31, 1997, during construction, the garage addition collapsed due to inadequate bolts holding girders together and inadequate securing of structural members, killing three steelworkers.[39]

The present H-shape of the PDX terminal, designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership,[40] was completed on September 10, 2001 when the new A, B and C concourses, as well as the light rail line, were finished. Probably the most stunning portion of PDX's interior, the new concourses reflect a Northwest theme, focusing heavily on the nearby Columbia River. A huge celebration was to be held the following weekend, but the events of September 11, 2001 interceded. The new concourses, designed to be public spaces, were closed to non-passengers.

In August 2005, the concourse connector was opened.[41] This is a long hallway on the secure side of the airport that connects the A, B and C concourses to the D and E concourses on the other side of the airport. If there is a long line at the checkpoint at one end of the airport, passengers may use the other checkpoint and walk through the connector to their desired concourse.[42]

Domestic service[edit]

Two United planes at PDX in May 1973.

The April 1957 OAG shows 38 United departures a day, 10 West Coast, 8 Northwest and 6 Western. Alaska had four a week and Pacific Northern had three; Pan Am and Northwest both flew SEA-PDX-HNL and back, Pan Am with 5 DC-7C round trips a week and Northwest with four DC-6Bs. Portland's first jets were Pan Am 707-321s about October 1959.

In 1966 PDX had nonstop flights to SLC, DEN, ORD and no other cities farther east than Boise; in 1977 nonstops reached LAS-PHX-DEN-DFW-ORD and no others east of Boise. In 1967 United started PDX's first transcon nonstop, to JFK; it ended in 1973.

By 1974, the airport was served by Braniff, Cascade, Continental, Eastern, Hughes Airwest, Northwest Orient, Pan Am, United and Western, and the Seattle route was served by seven airlines with aircraft as large as Boeing 747s.[43]

Air Oregon started short-haul service from Portland following deregulation in 1978, and by 1979 had routes to seven other cities in Oregon.[44]

In the 1980s Air California had nonstop flights to Seattle, Reno and the Bay Area; PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) had nonstops to San Francisco and one or two to Reno and Sacramento. In 2010 Northwest's former Honolulu service was eliminated by Delta altogether. In 2015, Delta resumed it's seasonal service to Honolulu.

United was the dominant carrier at PDX during the regulated era and through the 1980s.[45]

International service[edit]

The first international nonstop was Western's 720B to Vancouver in 1967.

United Airlines, then the dominant carrier at PDX, used Portland as a once-weekly stop for its Chicago-O'Hare-Tokyo-Narita service from 1983 to 1987. The flight stopped in Seattle/Tacoma six days a week and in Portland once a week. After United Airlines acquired Pan American World Airways' Asian routes in 1986, they were able to use Pan American World Airways' Boeing 747SP aircraft to eliminate the West Coast stop.[45]

As United Airlines made plans to end Tokyo service from Portland, Delta Air Lines applied to begin Atlanta-Tokyo service via Portland using Lockheed L-1011 aircraft. Like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines lacked aircraft that could fly to Japan nonstop from the eastern United States; Delta Air Lines also lacked a West Coast hub at the time, and saw Portland as favorable international and domestic hub over Seattle, which was dominated by Northwest Airlines. After beginning Tokyo service in 1986, Delta Air Lines added a flight to Seoul in 1988, coinciding with the 1988 Summer Olympics; the Seoul flight was later extended to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei. By 1994, Delta Air Lines had introduced McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft, and added another transpacific flight to Nagoya and domestic flights to New York, Anchorage, Fairbanks and other destinations. Delta Air Lines' hub had peaked in 1998, with additional service to Osaka and Fukuoka.[45]

The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis hurt Delta Air Lines's operation, and international travel decreased even further due to complaints about treatment at the immigration facility in Portland, leading it to be nicknamed "DePortland".[46][47] The combination of these factors caused Delta Air Lines to discontinue what was then the last direct flight from Portland to Tokyo and from Portland to Nagoya in March 2001.[48] This change brought local media scrutiny. This then combined with the resulting congressional pressure, caused the officials in charge of the immigration facility to address the problems.

Meanwhile, local travel businesses had begun recruiting other carriers. Lufthansa started direct flights to Frankfurt, Germany in 2003,[49] but suspended the route in 2009 citing lack of profitability.[50] Northwest Airlines introduced non-stop flights to Tokyo (Narita Airport (NRT) on June 10, 2004, reviving a route terminated by Delta.[51] Mexicana Airlines also introduced service to Guadalajara and Mexico City; after 5 years of service, Mexicana Airlines withdrew in 2008 due to high fuel prices and change in demand. Alaska Airlines continued to serve Mexico until withdrawing service in 2010 due to a lack of passengers.[52]

Northwest Airlines added nonstop service to Amsterdam in 2008, which was at one time planned to continue to Mumbai. The service was reduced that year to a Northwest-operated Delta-flown 767-300, and occasionally a Northwest-operated Delta-flown 767-400.[53][54] The service has since been fluctuating between 767-300s, 767-400s and A330-300s depending on the season. Air Canada operated daily nonstop service to Toronto from 2010 to 2012 but was then resumed in May of 2016.[55][56] Since 2014, three more foreign carriers have begun service at PDX: Volaris with service to Guadalajara, Condor with seasonal service to Frankfurt, and Icelandair with seasonal service to Reykjavik-Keflavik.

Following its acquisition of Northwest, Delta Air Lines has maintained Northwest's nonstop flights to Amsterdam and Tokyo. The latter required a direct transfer of $3.5 million to Delta Air Lines by the Port of Portland to subsidize the route.[57]

Expansion and improvement[edit]

South runway reconstruction underway in 2011
The iconic PDX Carpet in December 2014

Although plans have been studied to replace or relieve PDX traffic, planners prefer expansion. Salem, Oregon's McNary Field (SLE) and the Port of Portland's Hillsboro Airport (HIO) in Washington County have been suggested as future relievers. Between 1993 and 2007, Salem's airport had no scheduled airline flights. With resumption of commercial flights on June 7, 2007, the airport has planned terminal improvements using a preconstructed modular building.[58] However, these flights have since been canceled.[59]

Portland International Airport's south runway reopened in October 2011 after being rebuilt over the 2011 summer. The South Runway Reconstruction Project was the final phase of a three-year tarmac improvement program. The first two years focused on the north runway, with a rehabilitation of the surface and an extension to each end so it could replace the south runway during rebuilding.

The project was completed on time and under budget. As the Portland airport's longest, the south runway had seen routine maintenance and rehabilitation over the years, and the wear and tear of aircraft landings had deteriorated the pavement joints and subsurface base. The project team chose to rebuild it; pavement materials were evaluated and an all-concrete surface was chosen. With a pavement design life of 40 years, construction-related aircraft noise impacts on neighborhoods will be lessened in the future.

The new concrete is 19 inches (480 mm) thick and used an estimated 180,000 square yards (150,000 m2) of materials—enough to pave a two-lane road for about 26 miles (42 km). The old asphalt runway, which was excavated in spring 2011, was completely recycled.[60]

The airport's carpet, installed in 1987, was designed to stylize the criss-crossing north and south runways. Beginning in 2014, a new design replaced the original pattern. In response, many residents created products to celebrate the carpet as a local icon.[61][62]

Along with the carpet replacement, the Port of Portland plans to renovate the security checkpoints and immigration facilities as part of its PDXNext project. These changes are budgeted at $57 million and $940,000, respectively, and are expected to be complete by August 2016.[17]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On October 1, 1966, West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashed in an desolate section of the Mount Hood National Forest during descent into Portland International Airport. Of the 18 passengers and crew, there were no survivors. The probable cause of the accident was "the descent of the aircraft below its clearance limit and below that of surrounding obstructing terrain, but the Board was unable to determine the cause of such descent." The accident was the first loss of a Douglas DC-9.
  • On November 24, 1971, a still unidentified man commonly known as D. B. Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, a Boeing 727 flying from Portland International Airport to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. Claiming he had a bomb, he demanded $200,000, four parachutes, and refueling once the aircraft arrived at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. Law enforcement rushed to meet his demands, and the plane took off again, this time with only members of the crew on board, headed toward Reno, Nevada. About forty minutes into the flight, Cooper jumped from the aft stair, parachuting to an unknown fate. An extensive search—arguably the most intensive in the United States history—uncovered no significant material evidence related to the hijacking. Despite an ongoing FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.[63]
  • On December 28, 1978, United Airlines Flight 173 was en route to Portland International Airport from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado. On approach to Portland International Airport, the crew lowered the landing gear which caused a loud thump, abnormal vibration, unusual yaw, and the landing gear indicator lights failed to light. The plane circled Portland while the crew investigated the problem. After about an hour, the plane exhausted its fuel supply and crashed into the suburban neighborhood of East Burnside and 158th. Of the 189 passengers and crew on board, ten died and twenty four more were injured. An investigation revealed that the crash was caused by "the failure of the captain to properly monitor the aircraft's fuel state". This accident's investigation led to substantially improved aviation safety by widespread adoption of crew resource management which emphasizes crew teamwork and communication instead of a command hierarchy.[64]


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