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Chicago O'Hare Intl Airport, Chicago, Ill.

According to the Regional Airline Association, which considers most local traffic to be regional, approximately 52.3% of departures were on regional carriers.

During June, 2009, a total of 2,793,839 passengers embarked on 33,574 regularly scheduled flights. About 45% of departures (carrying 71% of passengers) were operated by major airlines or other carriers operating large jets, while about 55% of departures (carrying 29% of passengers) were on regional carriers.

Source: Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of Bureau of Transportation Statistics T100 domestic carriers systemwide segment database

Carriers operating at Chicago O'Hare Intl Airport - June, 2009 traffic

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Operator Flights Passengers Average seats
per plane
Avg.
Occupancy
United Air Lines Inc. 7,068 955,335 157.7 85.7 %
American Airlines Inc. 5,716 756,280 155.8 84.9 %
American Eagle Airlines Inc. 7,164 278,928 52.6 74.1 %
Skywest Airlines Inc. 3,392 147,092 56.2 77.1 %
Mesa Airlines Inc. 2,780 128,875 56.4 82.2 %
US Airways Inc. 661 84,603 142.9 89.5 %
Shuttle America Corp. 1,512 83,600 70.1 78.9 %
GoJet Airlines, LLC d/b/a United Express 1,008 54,784 66 82.3 %
Northwest Airlines Inc. 585 50,699 118.4 73.2 %
Continental Air Lines Inc. 405 45,909 130.8 86.7 %
Trans States Airlines 1,164 45,405 50 78.0 %
Delta Air Lines Inc. 277 35,732 147.5 87.4 %
Expressjet Airlines Inc. 793 33,067 50 83.4 %
Alaska Airlines Inc. 155 22,884 159.1 92.8 %
Spirit Air Lines 155 19,957 145 88.8 %
JetBlue Airways 174 16,403 132.2 71.3 %
Comair Inc. 248 13,025 68.6 76.6 %
USA 3000 Airlines 72 8,780 168 72.6 %
Chautauqua Airlines Inc. 87 3,451 50 79.3 %
Mesaba Airlines 33 2,327 76 92.8 %
Pinnacle Airlines Inc. 31 1,400 50 90.3 %
Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp 4 195 50 97.5 %
Source: Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of Bureau of Transportation Statistics T100 domestic carriers systemwide segment database

INCIDENTS AND ACCIDENTS NEAR CHICAGO O'HARE INTL AIRPORT

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TypeLocationDateFatalitiesSerious injuriesMinor injuries
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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Nov. 21, 2002 0 0 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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Oct. 24, 2002 0 0 5
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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July 17, 2003 0 1 0
Accident Sheridan,, Ill.
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July 15, 2004 0 1 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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Sept. 16, 2004 0 0 0
Accident Chicago O'Hare,, Ill.
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May 31, 2005 0 1 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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June 20, 2006 0 0 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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July 23, 2006 0 0 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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Feb. 23, 2007 0 1 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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March 15, 2007 0 0 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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Nov. 7, 2006 0 0 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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Nov. 7, 2006 0 0 0
Accident Lake Michigan,, Mich.
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April 7, 2007 0 0 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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June 27, 2007 0 0 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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June 27, 2007 0 0 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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Oct. 9, 2007 0 0 2
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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Dec. 16, 2007 0 1 0
Accident Chicago,, Ill.
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Dec. 14, 2007 0 1 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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July 21, 2008 0 0 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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Sept. 22, 2008 0 0 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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Dec. 15, 2008 0 0 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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June 1, 2009 0 0 0
Incident Chicago,, Ill.
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June 1, 2009 0 0 0
Source: Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010