Two planes taking off from National put on collision course with plane trying to land

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  1. NYCUA1K

    NYCUA1K Gold Member

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    Three commuter jets came within seconds of a midair collision at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday after confused air traffic controllers launched two outbound flights directly at another plane coming in to land, according to federal officials with direct knowledge of the incident.

    The three planes, all operated by US Airways, carried 192 passengers and crew members, the airline said. All of the flights reached their destinations without mishap, but the near miss was another among several thousand recorded errors by air traffic controllers nationwide in recent years.



    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...land/2012/08/01/gJQAxxPSQX_story.html?hpid=z1
     
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    It amazes me we don't have a fully automated ATC system and we aren't anywhere near having one either.
     
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  3. awg137

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    "Near Miss" is a misnomer. What actually happened was a "Near Hit".
     
  4. myskyconnections

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    scary stuff...
     
  5. basiface

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    1. The computer system controllers work with now has issues all the time so you think you'd be safer with a fully automated system? 2. Thousands of errors? 1887 according to this article, yeah that's a lot but when you compare it to the roughly 60 million planes worked a year that's a pretty low error rate.
     
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    maybe for manufacturing, but not when it comes to human lives
     
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    Based on the above-mentioned stat of 1,887 errors for 60 million flights means there's a %.003 chance an ATC error would affect a flight. Considering that only a small fraction of those errors result in an accident, I'm okay with those odds.
     
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