Post Exclusive: Collision of three commuter jets averted at Reagan National Airport

Wednesday, 1 August 2012 by Irwan K Ch
The Washington PostWednesday, August 1, 2012 9:57:47 PM
POST EXCLUSIVE

Collision of three commuter jets averted at Reagan National Airport


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.


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