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Innocent pleas entered for controllers near miss case
10 September 2004

Japanese lawyers entered innocent pleas for two air-traffic controllers facing charges of professional negligence in connection with a near miss that injured dozens aboard two Japan Airlines planes in January 2001. Their lawyers have contended that the incident was the result of many factors and that it is unfair to hold the controllers solely responsible. According to the indictment, when a warning sounded indicating the two aircraft were approaching each other the trainee controller mistakenly called out the wrong flight numbers while giving instructions. His instructor failed to notice the mistake. (Asahi Shimbun)