Three jets in near miss at Washington DC airport: FAA
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three United States (US) commuter jets were involved in a near miss two days ago at Reagan National Airport after a mix up by air traffic controllers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Thursday.
Early indications showed that two outbound planes came within 150 and 180m respectively of an incoming airliner, the FAA said.
The situation arose when air controllers, responding to bad weather developing south of the airport, decided to change the runway and direction from which planes were landing and taking off at the airport.
"During the switchover of operations, miscommunication between the Tracon and the DCA tower led to a loss of the required separation between two regional jets departing from Runway 1 and a regional jet inbound for Runway 19," FAA spokesman Laura Brown said.