Mid-Air Collision of 2 Commercial Jets Narrowly Averted over Houston
Two commercial jets narrowly missed each other near a Houston airport, after air traffic controllers took steps to avert disaster Thursday night.
The incident, first reported by the Houston Chronicle, involved a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft and a Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 ten miles (16 kilometers) northeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport shortly before 7 p.m. The two planes came within 200’ (61 meters) vertically and one-half mile (0.8 kilometer) horizontally of one another. At a minimum, aircraft are supposed to be separated by one-half mile (0.8 kilometers) vertically and three miles (4.8 kilometers) horizontally, in keeping with Federal guidelines.
The Chronicle reported that an air traffic controller noticed the danger and issued instructions to the pilots of both aircraft that avoided the collision.
The FAA said it is investigating the incident.
In May, a Houston air traffic controller told the pilot of a United jet which had just taken off to turn right, putting it momentarily directly in the path of another flight.
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