US aviation body acts after near collision

FAA bans practice of take-offs and landings from opposite directions

Following a near collision on July 31 between three US Airways aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration has acted to ban the peak period practice of allowing planes to take off and land from opposite directions. The ban will apply to all commercial airports nationwide. A standardized procedure must be put in place before the practice is allowed, FAA officials say.
New procedures are expected to be put in place within a month. Until then, airports can use the “opposite direction operations” manoeuver only in emergencies.


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