by ShadowStalker on November 11, 2004 · 3 comments
in Audio Visual,Diversions,News,Stupid People
A plane at the Los Angeles International airport came within 185 feet of landing on top of another plane on August 19.You can read the NPR article about it, or you can watch the reenactment put together by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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wow.. seeing one computer model almost run right into another computer model really has a way of putting life in perspective, doesn’t it?
“It’s not a near-miss, it’s a near-hit. A collision is a near-miss.”
I, for one, was put at ease by the explanation for this incident–the air traffic controller was just coming onto his shift. He thought the blue plane had just landed when it was really about to take off, and the computer fail safe that is designed to alert the controller of an imminent crash like this didn’t trigger until it was too late for him to assess the situation and correct it. A fluke? No, this is something the NTSB has wanted fixed for years.
The only reason there was no crash was because the landing pilot noticed the other plane when it started moving. Had it been dark or raining, the ground crew would have had a huge mess to clean up.
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