According to a preliminary report from safety investigators, two airplanes were about 14 seconds and slightly more than half a mile from colliding at a Sarasota, Florida, runway last month.
When the approaching American Airlines 737 was only a little more than 3 miles from the airport, air traffic control gave the go-ahead for Air Canada Rouge A321 to take off. According to the preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board on the incident on February 16, controllers informed each aircraft of the other.
By the time the American plane noticed the Air Canada Rouge plane taking off and aborting its own landing, the majority of that gap had been removed. According to the NTSB, the two aircraft ultimately came within.6 miles from one another.
This event is one of seven runway incursions that have occurred this year. Six of them are being investigated by the NTSB.
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The Federal Aviation Administration held a meeting on Wednesday to launch a thorough safety review that the agency is carrying out in response to the rising number of such incursions.
At the conference, Pete Buttigieg, secretary of transportation, urged attendees to assist in identifying the “root causes” of the issue. Buttigieg added in his opening remarks, “We are particularly worried because we have observed an upswing in serious close calls.
According to the preliminary report, investigators in the Sarasota incident questioned the relevant air traffic controllers. The NTSB received statements from the pilots, and the organization is deciding whether or not to interview them.
According to the report, there were 178 passengers on the American plane and 194 on the Air Canada Rouge. NTSB preliminary reports present the information without drawing any conclusions regarding the incident’s cause.