Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Three Planes Avoid Runway Crash

Three Planes Avoid Runway Crash in L.A.

LOS ANGELES - a controller at Los Angeles International Airport mistakenly cleared three planes for the same runway

Southwest Airlines jet cleared to land

Departing Skywest turboprop directed to taxi on the same runway

Air Canada jet told - it could cross the same runway on its way to the terminals

The Skywest pilot saw the incoming Southwest jet and stopped short of the runway. The jet roared past about 275 feet away and 50 feet above the smaller plane. It landed without incident and never got closer than about 5,600 feet to the Air Canada jet, Dorr said.

The FAA has not determined why the controller put the planes so close together or switched the Southwest jet to a different runway as it came in to land.

The Los Angeles International Airport has had one of the worst runway safety violation records in the nation in recent years. The city's airport agency is spending $328 million to give planes on the ground more room to maneuver.

It was pretty close, said Les Dorr, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said. "We'll be looking to find out what all happened, and how we can prevent it in the future.


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