Near miss warn­ing

The West Australian - - WORLD -

Safety of­fi­cials say a near col­li­sion of air­lin­ers in San Fran­cisco in July last year was a few me­tres from be­com­ing the worst crash in avi­a­tion his­tory and un­der­scores the need for faster re­port­ing of dan­ger­ous in­ci­dents be­fore ev­i­dence is lost.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board is­sued a re­port on Thurs­day on the in­ci­dent in which an Air Canada plane nearly crashed into planes lined up on the ground at San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The pi­lots were slow to re­port the in­ci­dent. By the time they did, the plane had made an­other flight and the cock­pit voice record­ing was recorded over.

The re­port says the record­ing could have helped in­ves­ti­ga­tors un­der­stand why the pi­lots missed the run­way and were about to land on a taxi­way where four other planes were idling be­fore they aborted their land­ing.

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