Three jets in near miss in US

2012-08-02 16:56

Washington - Three US commuter jets were involved in a near miss two days ago at Reagan National Airport after a mix up by air traffic controllers, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Thursday.

Early indications showed that two outbound planes came within 150 and 180m respectively of an incoming airliner, the FAA said.

The situation arose when air controllers, responding to bad weather developing south of the airport, decided to change the runway and direction from which planes were landing and taking off at the airport.

"During the switchover of operations, miscommunication between the Tracon and the DCA tower led to a loss of the required separation between two regional jets departing from Runway 1 and a regional jet inbound for Runway 19," FAA spokesperson Laura Brown said.

Earlier, a Washington Post report said the aircraft involved in the incident had been US Airways commuter jets carrying 192 passengers and crew.

The planes had been 12 seconds from impact when the tower controller recognised her mistake, said the report.

She ordered the pilot of the inbound flight to make an abrupt turn to avoid the other two planes, the Post said.

"The FAA is investigating the incident and will take appropriate action to address the miscommunication," Brown said.

  • Tony - 2012-08-02 17:23

    Shouldn't it have been a near-hit?

      robert.doyle.712 - 2012-08-02 17:40

      Agreed but to be Politically correct they call it a "near miss" lol.No wonder the world is full of chaos.

      Henk - 2012-08-02 18:17

      Zimpopo education....

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-08-02 17:39

    It's America. Zero communication is the order of the day.Everyday lol.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-02 19:55

    Thank goodnes no giant KABOOM in the skies and shouts of freeeeeeeeeee falllliiiiing !

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