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Philadelphia International Airport

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Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport Logo.svg
Philadelphia International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Philadelphia
OperatorPhiladelphia Department of Commerce, Division of Aviation
ServesDelaware Valley
LocationPhiladelphia / Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Hub for
Focus city for
Time zoneEastern (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates39°52′19″N 075°14′28″W / 39.87194°N 75.24111°W / 39.87194; -75.24111
FAA airport diagram

FAA airport diagram
PHL is located in Philadelphia
Location within Philadelphia / PA / United States
PHL is located in Pennsylvania
PHL (Pennsylvania)
PHL is located in the United States
PHL (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
9L/27R 9,500 2,896 Asphalt
9R/27L 12,000 3,658 Asphalt
17/35 6,501 1,982 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations379,665
Total passengers31,691,956
Cargo (metric tons)532,585

Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, FAA LID: PHL), often referred to just by its IATA code PHL, is a major airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and is the largest airport in the state.[3] The airport is the main Northeast hub for American Airlines and a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines. Philadelphia International Airport is also a focus city for ultra low-cost airline Frontier.

The airport has service to destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. As of summer 2018, there are flights from the airport to 133 total destinations, including 97 domestic and 36 international destinations. Most of the airport property is located in Philadelphia proper. The international terminal and the western end of the airfield are located in Tinicum Township, Delaware County. PHL covers 2,302 acres (932 ha) and has 4 runways.[2]

Philadelphia International Airport is important to Philadelphia, its metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth's Aviation Bureau reported in its Pennsylvania Air Service Monitor that the total economic impact made by the state's airports in 2004 was $22 billion. PHL alone accounted for $14 billion or 63% of the total. The calculations include both direct spending and the multiplier effect of that spending throughout the state's economy.[4]

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Starting in 1925, the Pennsylvania National Guard used the current airport site (known as Hog Island) as a training airfield. The site was dedicated as the "Philadelphia Municipal Airport" by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, but it had no proper terminal building until 1940; airlines used the airfield (at 39°55′48″N 75°04′41″W / 39.930°N 75.078°W / 39.930; -75.078) in nearby Camden, New Jersey. Once Philadelphia's terminal was completed (on the east side of the field) American, Eastern, TWA and United began flights.

In 1947 and 1950, the airport had runways 4, 9, 12 and 17, all of 5400 ft or less. In 1956 runway 9 was 7284 ft; in 1959 it was 9499 ft and runway 12 was closed. Not much change occurred until the early 1970s, when runway 4 was closed and 9R opened with 10500 ft.

On June 20, 1940, the airport's weather station became as the official point for Philadelphia weather observations and records by the National Weather Service.[5]

World War II use

During World War II the United States Army Air Forces used the airport as a First Air Force training airfield.[6][7][8]

Beginning in 1940, the Coatesville-based Rising Sun School of Aeronautics performed primary flight training at the airport under contract to the Air Corps. After the Pearl Harbor Attack, the I Fighter Command Philadelphia Fighter Wing provided air defense of the Delaware Valley area from the airport. Throughout the war, various fighter and bomber groups were organized and trained at Philadelphia airport and assigned to the Philadelphia Fighter Wing before being sent to advanced training airfields or being deployed overseas. Known units assigned were the 33d, 58th, 355th and 358th Fighter Groups.

In June 1943, I Fighter Command transferred jurisdiction of the airport to the Air Technical Service Command (ATSC). ATSC established a sub-depot of the Middletown Air Depot at the airport. The 855th Army Air Forces Specialized Depot unit repaired and overhauled aircraft and returned them to active service, and the Army Air Forces Training Command established the Philco Training School on January 1, 1943, which trained personnel in radio repair and operations.

During 1945, the Air Force reduced its use of the airport and it was returned to civil control that September.

Commercial use

Philadelphia Municipal became Philadelphia International in 1945, when American Overseas Airlines began direct flights to Europe. (For a short time AOA's flights skipped the New York stop; that was probably Philadelphia's only international nonstop until Pan Am tried nonstops to Europe in 1961.) A new terminal opened in December 1953; the oldest parts of the present terminal complex (B and C) were built in the late '50s.

The April 1957 OAG shows 30 weekday departures on Eastern, 24 TWA, 24 United, 18 American, 16 National, 14 Capital, 6 Allegheny and 3 Delta. To Europe, five Pan Am DC-6Bs a week via Idlewild and Boston and two TWA 749As a week via Idlewild; one TWA flight continued to Ceylon. Eastern and National had nonstops to Miami, but the TWA 1049G to LAX (started 1956) was the only nonstop beyond Chicago.

Terminal B/C modernization was completed in 1970, Terminal D opened in 1973 and Terminal E in 1977; the $300 million expansion[9] was designed by Arnold Thompson Associates, Inc. and Vincent G. Kling & Associates.[10]

In the 1980s, PHL hosted several hubs. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 allowed regional carrier Altair Airlines to create a small hub at PHL using Fokker F-28s. Altair began in 1967 with flights to cities such as Rochester, New York, Hartford, Connecticut and to Florida until it ceased operations in November 1982. In the mid-1980s Eastern Air Lines opened a hub in Concourse C. The airline declined in the late 1980s and sold aircraft and gate leases to Chicago-based Midway Airlines. Midway operated its Philadelphia hub until it ceased operation in 1991. During the 1980s US Airways (then called USAir) built a hub at PHL.

US Airways became the dominant carrier at PHL during the 1980s and 1990s and shifted most of its hub operations from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in 2003. As of 2013 PHL was US Airways' largest international hub.[11] From January 2013, the lease agreement underlying US Airways operations at PHL expired at the end of June 2015.[11]

In July 1999, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and several U.S. federal government agencies selected a route for the connecting ramps from the northbound and southbound portions of Interstate 95 to the Terminal A-West complex, then under development; the agency tried to avoid the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. However K/B Fund II, the owner of the International Plaza complex, formerly the Scott Paper headquarters Scott Plaza, objected to the proposed routing. K/B Fund II argued that the proposed routing would interfere with the International Plaza development. It entered a filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to challenge the proposed routing.[12] In 2000, the airport attempted to acquire the complex for $90 million but Tinicum Township commissioners stopped the deal from going forward, citing concerns of a loss of tax revenue for the township and the Interboro School District, which serves Tinicum, as well as noise pollution concerns.[13]

In 2002, construction on the controversial new entrance ramps went forward. The new ramps eliminated the traffic signal and stop intersections previously encountered by northbound I-95 motorists who had to exit onto Route 291 to reach the airport. The project consisted of six new bridges, more than 4,300 linear feet of retaining walls, and 7.7-lane miles of new pavement. The project also included new highway lighting, overhead sign structures, landscaping and the paving of Bartram Avenue. Also under the project, PennDOT resurfaced I-95 between Route 420 and Island Avenue and constructed a truck enforcement and park-and-ride facility.[14] In 2003, Terminal A-West opened to passengers; the terminal was complemented by a 1,500-space parking garage. Construction of the terminal was funded with proceeds from airport revenue bonds that were sold by the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development.[15]

By 2005, there were two studies that dealt with expanding runway capacity at PHL: the Runway 17–35 Extension Project EIS[citation needed] and the PHL Capacity Enhancement Program EIS.[16] Completed in May 2009,[17] the Runway 17-35 Extension Project extended runway 17–35 to a length of 6,500 ft (2,000 m), extending it at both ends and incorporating the proper runway safety areas. Other changes made with the Runway 17–35 Extension Project included additional taxiways and aprons, relocation of perimeter service roads, and modifications to nearby public roads.

The status of Philadelphia International Airport as a major international gateway for American Airlines and the growth of Southwest Airlines and other low-cost carriers have helped passenger traffic to reach record levels in the mid-2000s. In 2004, a total of 28,507,420 passengers flew through Philadelphia, up 15.5% over 2003.[18] In 2005, 31,502,855 passengers flew through PHL, marking a 10% increase since 2004.[19] In 2006, 31,768,272 passengers travelled through PHL, a 0.9% increase.[20]

At 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) in length, runway 9R/27L (previously was 10,506 feet) is the longest commercial runway in the state of Pennsylvania.


Aerial view of construction of runway 8/26
Aerial view of construction of runway 8/26

The airport's present terminal and runway layout are reaching full utilization and PHL remains the world's largest airport without an inground fueling system thus requiring fuel to be trucked to each airplane. These two factors have led to congestion and delays. Additionally, the airport's parking facilities have been severely taxed. Use of all 17,000 parking spaces at the airport has become a regular occurrence.[21] However, airport officials have ambitious plans for terminal and runway expansion.

The Capacity Enhancement Program has a much larger scope and is considering more drastic ways to increase runway capacity. On December 30, 2010, a 13-year $5.2 billion project that would have extended the two main runways and added one new runway was passed by the FAA. The project would also create two new passenger terminals, the first terminal will be built where the current terminal complex is located and the second terminal will be built across from the current terminal complex. The project was also going to relocate the UPS facility and redevelop cargo city, the cargo complex at PHL.[22] The redesigned UPS facility would have required demolition of several houses of nearby Tinicum Township. But after much resistance by the residents of those homes, an agreement was made to keep the homes and expand the airport elsewhere.[23] The new project will now cost $6.4 billion.

Southwest Airlines, the fastest growing airline for several years after beginning service to PHL in 2004, worked with the city and the airport to expand and improve its facilities. Southwest recently built a joint ticket counter lobby for the D and E terminals, one large security check point for the two terminals and additional concessions. A hammerhead expansion to the E concourse was finished in February 2010.[24] However, Southwest subsequently ended nonstop service to PHL from most of its non-focus cities due to competition with US Airways. The January 2013 lease extension obtained by US Airways was contingent on a number of future enhancements, and the lease renewal provided some funding.[11]


Interior of Terminal A West
Interior of Terminal A West
Terminal F
Terminal F

Philadelphia International Airport has seven terminal buildings, which are divided into six lettered concourses, which together contain 124 gates total. As of late November 2015, it is possible to walk to each terminal airside.[25] Terminal F, completed in 2003, was originally not connected to the rest of the terminal complex, and gates could only be accessed by a separate TSA Security Checkpoint or by shuttle buses between Terminal F and Terminal C or between Terminal F and Terminal A. With the opening of the secure connector, these shuttle services remain. There is a large shopping/dining area between Concourses B and C. There are no luggage storage facilities at the airport. As part of Philadelphia International Airport's US$6.4 billion, 25-year airport expansion plans, an automated people mover will be built in coordination with projected airport growth through the 2020s and 2030s to move passengers between terminals.

Terminal A

Liberty Bell replica using LEGO bricks in Terminal A West
Liberty Bell replica using LEGO bricks in Terminal A West

Terminal A is divided into two sections, east and west. Terminal A West contains 13 gates, whilst Terminal A East contains 11 gates. Terminal A West has a very modern and innovative design, made by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville and Kelly/Maiello.[26] Opened in 2003 as the new international terminal, it is now home to American (domestic and international), British Airways, Lufthansa, Icelandair and Qatar Airways. It offers a variety of international dining options. International Arrivals (except from locations with Customs preclearance) arrive at gates in both Terminal A east and west and are processed at the Terminal A West arrival building.

Terminal A East, originally the airport's international terminal, is now used by Aer Lingus and American domestic and international flights as well as international arrivals for Frontier Airlines. A-East is well maintained and recently received an upgrade to its baggage claim facilities. Most of the gates in this terminal are equipped to handle international arrivals and the passengers are led to the customs facility in Terminal A West. It opened in 1990. The security entrance was significantly enlarged in 2012.

There are 3 lounges located along the corridor between Terminal A East and A West; an American Airlines Admirals Club, British Airways Galleries Lounge and American Express Centurion Lounge. The east terminal also contains an Admirals Club. There is also a children's play area located in the east terminal.

Terminals B and C

Terminals B and C contain 15 and 14 gates respectively. They are the two main terminals used by American. They were renovated at a cost of $135 million in 1998, which was designed by DPK&A Architects, LLP.[27] They are connected by a shopping mall and food court named the Philadelphia Marketplace. Remodeling has begun in the gate areas, although these cosmetic changes will not solve the space problems at many of the gates. Overall, the facilities are fairly modern and dining options on the concourses are also available. They are the oldest terminals and opened in 1953. There is an American Airlines Admirals Club located in the B/C connector.

Terminal D

Terminal D contains 16 gates. It originally opened in 1973. The terminal was upgraded in late 2008 with a new concourse connecting to Terminal E while providing combined security, a variety of shops and restaurants and a link between Baggage Claims D and E. This is the inverse of the connector between Terminals B and C, which comprises a combined ticket hall but separate security facilities. Terminal D is home to Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, and United. This terminal is connected to the shopping area of Terminals B/C through a post-security walkway. The terminal contains a United Club and a Delta Sky Club.

Terminal E

Terminal E contains 17 gates. It is home to Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. It opened in 1977. Terminal E houses a USO lounge available for all members of the military and their family.

Terminal F

Terminal F contains 38 gates. The terminal is a regional terminal used by American Eagle flights. It includes special jet bridges that allow passengers to board regional jets without walking on the apron. Opened in 2001, Terminal F is the second newest terminal building at PHL. It was designed by Odell Associates, Inc. and The Sheward Partnership.[28] An American Airlines Admirals Club is located above the central food court area of Terminal F.

When Terminal F opened in 2001, it contained 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) of space for concessions.[29]

Ground transportation

Airport Terminals E & F station along SEPTA's Airport Line
Airport Terminals E & F station along SEPTA's Airport Line

SEPTA Regional Rail's Airport Line provides rail service to and from stations at Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. There are four stations located at Airport Terminal A East/West, Airport Terminal B, Airport Terminals C & D, and Airport Terminals E & F. The stations are located next to the baggage claim at each terminal with escalator and elevator access from each terminal's skywalk. The Airport Line provides passengers a connection between the airport, Center City Philadelphia, and other SEPTA trains, Amtrak trains, and NJ Transit trains at 30th Street Station. The Airport Line provides service through Center City Philadelphia to Glenside, PA. Many weekday trains and half of the weekend trains provide extended service to Warminster, PA along the Warminster Line. The Airport Line operates from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily, with trains running every 30 minutes. The train ride from the airport to Center City Philadelphia takes 25 minutes.[30][31]

The Philadelphia International Airport has road access from an interchange with I-95, which heads north toward Center City Philadelphia and south into Delaware County. PA 291 heads northeast from the airport area and provides access to and from I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway).[32] Rental cars are available through a number of companies; each operates a shuttle bus between its facility and the terminals. As part of the airport's expansion plan, the airport plans to construct a consolidated rental car facility. Taxis and ride-sharing services both serve the airport.[33][34]

SEPTA operates various bus routes to the airport: Route 37 (serving South Philadelphia and Chester Transportation Center), Route 108 (serving 69th Street Transportation Center and the UPS air hub), and Route 115 (serving Delaware County Community College and Darby Transportation Center). As a benefit to students, local schools including The University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Haverford College and Saint Joseph's University traditionally operate transportation shuttles to the airport during heavy travel periods such as spring and Thanksgiving breaks.

Airlines and destinations


Aer Lingus Dublin [35]
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [36]
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
American Airlines Akron/Canton, Albany, Allentown, Amsterdam, Aruba, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bangor, Bermuda, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Cancún, Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Charlottesville (VA), Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Dublin, Fayetteville/Bentonville (begins September 4, 2019),[38] Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Lexington, London–Heathrow, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison, Madrid, Manchester (NH), Manchester (UK), Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Montréal–Trudeau, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, New Haven, Newburgh, Newport News, New York–JFK (resumes November 20, 2019), New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pensacola, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Roanoke, Rochester (NY), Rome–Fiumicino, Salisbury (MD), San Antonio (suspended June 6, 2019 - August 19, 2019),[39] San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, State College, St. Louis, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Syracuse, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–National, Watertown (NY), West Palm Beach, Wilkes–Barre/Scranton, Williamsport, Wilmington (NC), Worcester, Zurich
Seasonal: Athens, Augusta (GA), Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel (begins June 7, 2019),[40] Bologna (begins June 6, 2019),[40] Budapest, Dubrovnik (begins June 7, 2019),[40] Eagle/Vail (begins December 21, 2019),[41] Edinburgh, Grand Cayman, Halifax (resumes June 13, 2019),[42] Key West, Melbourne (FL), Nassau, Lisbon, Portland (OR), Prague, Providenciales, Québec City, Sarasota, Salt Lake City, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Shannon, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, Venice
British Airways London–Heathrow [44]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City [45]
Frontier Airlines Austin, Cancún, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Myers, Houston–Intercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Punta Cana, San Juan, Tampa
Seasonal: Atlanta, Charleston (SC), Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Omaha, Pensacola, Raleigh/Durham, Sarasota, Savannah, West Palm Beach
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík [47]
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale [48]
Lufthansa Frankfurt [49]
Qatar Airways Doha [50]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis, Tampa
Seasonal: Las Vegas, West Palm Beach
Spirit Airlines Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Juan
Seasonal: Detroit, Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Tampa
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul [53]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco [54]


21 Air Miami, Orlando
DHL Aviation Cincinnati
FedEx Express Boston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Hartford
FedEx Feeder Newark
Kalitta Air Seasonal: Ontario
UPS Airlines Albany, Albany (GA), Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago–O'Hare, Chicago/Rockford, Cologne/Bonn, Columbia (SC), Des Moines, Detroit, East Midlands, Harrisburg, Hartford, Hong Kong, London–Stansted, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Oakland, Ontario, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, San Jose (CA), Tampa
Seasonal: Providence


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from PHL
(March 2018 – February 2019)[55]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Florida Orlando, Florida 852,290 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
2 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 756,020 American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit
3 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 638,300 American, United
4 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts 615,830 American, Delta, JetBlue
5 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 531,930 American, Frontier, Spirit
6 California Los Angeles, California 474,880 Alaska, American, Spirit, Virgin America
7 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 464,840 American, Frontier
8 Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida 418,530 American, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Colorado Denver, Colorado 405,910 American, Frontier, Southwest, United
10 Arizona Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 402,790 American, Southwest
Busiest international routes to and from PHL (2017)[56]
Rank Airport Passengers Annual Change Carriers
1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 472,595 Increase05.9% American, British Airways, Delta
2 Canada Toronto–Pearson, Canada 293,620 Increase05.7% Air Canada, American
3 Mexico Cancún, Mexico 283,777 Decrease016.1% American, Frontier
4 Germany Frankfurt, Germany 222,914 Decrease01.6% American, Lufthansa
5 Dominican Republic Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 201,003 Decrease012.5% American, Frontier
6 Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Canada 186,253 Increase020.1% Air Canada, American
7 Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica 164,748 Decrease03.5% American
8 France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 153,995 Increase011.7% American, Delta
9 Italy Rome–Fiumicino, Italy 148,379 Increase05.1% American
10 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 134,261 Increase06.0% American

Top airlines

Largest airlines at PHL (2018)[57]
Rank Airline Passengers Annual Change
1 American Airlines 22,136,167 Increase07.4%
2 Southwest Airlines 2,248,891 Decrease01.4%
3 Delta Air Lines 1,886,265 Decrease08.0%
4 Frontier Airlines 1,649,643 Increase029.2%
5 United Airlines 1,323,310 Decrease00.2%

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at PHL, 2001 through 2018[58]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 30,775,961
2009 30,669,564
2018 31,691,596 2008 31,834,725
2017 29,585,754 2007 32,211,439
2016 30,155,090 2006 31,768,272
2015 31,444,403 2005 31,495,385
2014 30,740,242 2004 28,507,420
2013 30,504,112 2003 24,671,075
2012 30,252,816 2002 24,799,470
2011 30,839,175 2001 24,553,310

Accidents and incidents

Aerial view of construction of runway 8/26
Aerial view of construction of runway 8/26
  • On January 14, 1951, Flight 83 crashed upon landing at Philadelphia from Newark. The aircraft skidded off the runway, crashed through a fence and came to rest in a ditch. During the incident, the left wing broke off, rupturing the gas tanks and setting the plane on fire. There were seven fatalities in all. Frankie Housley, the lone stewardess on Flight 83, led ten passengers to safety but lost her life trying to save an infant.
  • On February 7, 2006, a UPS Airlines Douglas DC-8 cargo plane suffered an in-flight cargo fire and made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after filling with smoke.[59] There were no injuries other than smoke inhalation affecting the crew, but the plane burned on the ground for hours into the night, though most of the cargo survived, the aircraft was a total loss, with multiple holes burned through the roof skin. According to the NTSB,[60] the firefighting crew did not have adequate training on using their skin-piercing extinguishing equipment and not knowing how to open the main cargo door, attempted to force the handle and broke the latch, rendering the door unopenable. There were also difficulties in obtaining the cargo manifest to determine what if any hazardous materials were on board, due to confusion about protocol. However, despite these failings, the airport staff, including the firefighting staff, managed the incident successfully without injury or major disruption of the airport. The NTSB suspected lithium ion batteries were the source of ignition and made recommendations for more stringent rules and restrictions on their air transport, especially on passenger aircraft (unlike this one). For a cause of the incident, the NTSB focused on the delayed indication of fire by the required onboard fire detection system and criticized the standards to which such systems are tested, noting that the tests use an empty cargo hold and do not represent the real-world performance of the detection systems with the hold full of cargo, which significantly changes the flow patterns of hot air and smoke. The crew and air traffic control personnel were found to have behaved properly (with minor exceptions) and not to be at fault for the incident or its outcome.
  • On March 13, 2014, US Airways Flight 1702, an Airbus A320-214, rotated then aborted takeoff and as a result suffered a tailstrike and a nose landing gear collapse. The aircraft then continued down runway 27L coming to a stop off to the left of the runway. None of the 149 passengers and 5 crew members suffered life-threatening injuries. However the aircraft saw substantial damage and was later written off and scrapped. The accident was found to be pilot error and since neither the captain nor first officer has flown commercially.
  • On April 17, 2018, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a Boeing 737-700 en route from New York to Dallas, suffered an engine failure on its left engine. Debris from the engine struck the aircraft's fuselage and a side window. The window failed, causing a rapid depressurization of the aircraft, which made an emergency descent and diverted to land at Philadelphia International Airport. One passenger died after being partially ejected from the failed window. Seven others were injured and treated locally at the airport.

See also


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  2. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for PHL (Form 5010 PDF), effective February 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Airports Council International Final statistics for 2005 traffic movements
  4. ^ "Manta - The Place for Small Business". Manta.
  5. ^ "Threaded Extremes".
  6. ^ "Air Force History Index -- Search".
  7. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  8. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5
  9. ^ "1960s -1970s". Archived from the original on June 22, 2012.
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