Three aircraft “within seconds” of collision

Disaster narrowly averted over Washington’s Reagan National Airport

Officials in the United States are investigating “miscommunication” that almost resulted in disaster over Washington’s Reagan National Airport this week. Three US Airways aircraft – two outbound and one inbound – flew unacceptably close to each other in bad weather, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air traffic controllers had diverted the planes to a different runway, and “during the switchover of operations, miscommunication […] led to a loss of the required separation between two regional jets departing from Runway 1 and a regional jet inbound for Runway 19.”
On board the three aircraft were 192 passengers and crew. According to the Washington Post, the commuter jets “came within seconds of a mid-air collision”. US Airways has not commented on the incident.