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.


Check Also

United, flight, pet, dog, overhead, bin, compartment, USA, Houston, New York, apology, crew, attendant

Dog dies in aircraft overhead compartment

United Airlines apologises after a flight attendant insists the dog should travel in the compartment.

United Express, door, God, open, flight, passeneger, suicidal, SkyWest, Boise, San Francisco, USA

Passenger tries to open door mid-flight

Fellow passengers get a mid-air scare before restraining the unhinged individual.

United, airline, performance, bonus, lottery, employees, staff

Airline pauses plan to replace bonuses with lottery

United Airlines backs down on a scheme that would only be open to employees with a perfect track record.

Qantas, branding, marketing, Lufthansa, KLM, United Airlines, livery, design, dreaming, dots, events, special, one-off

Airlines use custom liveries for special events

Qantas, United, KLM and Lufthansa have all revealed eye-catching new livery designs recently.

Delta, airlines, United, American Airlines, pay, pilots, bonus, wage, profit share, usa, captains

Airline gives employees $1.1bn

Delta Airlines is being generous, and people working for its competitors are not too happy.

Star Alliance, airlines, digital, technology, share, data, members, mobile, app, website, seat, book, interoperability

Star Alliance improves digital inter-usability

The alliance creates a digital services platform for customers using more than one member airline.