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21 January 2012

NTSB cites ATC error as probable cause of near mid-air collision over Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

21 January 2012

The NTSB cited an operational error by a tower air traffic controller as the probable cause of a near mid-air collision involving a commercial jetliner and a small private plane over the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport.

NTSB investigates ATC incident at Chicago-O’Hare

20 May 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an air traffic control incident involving two regional jets that occurred on Monday, May 16, 2011 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. At approximately 09:35, ExpressJet Airlines flight 6075, an Embraer ERJ-145, was cleared for takeoff on runway 32L at Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), en route to Buffalo, NY (BUF).  SkyWest Airlines flight 6958, […]

Audits initiated of FAA’s process for reporting operational ATC errors

14 May 2011

The U.S. DoT’s Office of Inspector General plans to review the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) process for reporting and mitigating the risk of operational errors by air traffic controllers.  The review is conducted at the request of the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and its Subcommittee on […]

NTSB investigating incident involving ATC request for a commercial plane to fly near non-responsive airplane

30 March 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident involving a Southwest Airlines airplane that was requested to veer off course by Air Traffic Control to view into the cockpit of a general aviation airplane that had been out of radio communication. On Sunday, March 27, 2011, Southwest Airlines flight 821 – a Boeing 737 – was requested […]

Report: Learjet near-accident due to “inappropriate prioritisation and allocation of pilot´s workload”

15 November 2010

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (SHK) released their final investigation report into a an incident involving a Learjet near Stockholm. The aircraft  deviated from the cleared altitude and descended below the minimum obstacle clearance altitude. An Austrian Learjet 40 corporate jet was involved in an incident in November 2008 during a positioning flight from Paris-Le Bourget […]

FAA: Pilots and air traffic controllers share safety data

22 September 2010

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a safety program that for the first time will integrate voluntary safety information self-reported by pilots and air traffic controllers. This data-sharing program will give the FAA a more complete picture of the national airspace system by collecting, assessing and reviewing safety events from the perspective of both […]

FAA error-reporting program: 14,000 reports so far

5 April 2010

A report by USA Today’s Alan Levin showed that 14,000 reports have been made in the FAA’s Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP).  ATSAP is modeled after the airlines ASAP (Aviation Safety Action Program). The program is non-punitive. The intent is to identify and report all events that may or did lead to a breakdown […]

No controller at Altenburg: Ryanair flight diverts

10 March 2010

The crew of a Ryanair flight to Altenburg, Germany was forced to divert to Berlin because there was no air traffic controller present at the airport, according to a report by the German “Ostthüringer Zeitung” newspaper. On Sunday March 7, 2010 Ryanair flight FR 8926 departed London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS) airport on a flight to Altenburg […]

FAA releases ATC audio of United 634 emergency landing

4 March 2010

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the air traffic control tapes of an emergency landing at Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR) on January 10, 2010. Newark Air Traffic Control Tower (MP3, 46.74 MB) According  to preliminary NTSB information an Airbus A319, registration N816UA, operated by United Airlines as flight 634, landed with the right main gear […]

Child on ATC frequency: FAA puts two controllers on admin leave

3 March 2010

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced that two employees at John F. Kennedy Airport Tower are on administrative leave following an incident last month when a child was permitted to talk with pilots on an air traffic control frequency. The two JFK Tower employees, a supervisor and an air traffic controller, are on administrative leave […]