Jets At Chicago O’Hara Nearly Collide On Runway

Two jets nearly collided on the runway at Chicago’s O’Hara airport yesterday. No one was injured and the event is under investigation. early reports state that two large passenger jets began taxing towards each other from opposite ends of the runway. The pilots from each aircraft did not see the other flight on their runway because of the distance. It was a flight controller that noticed the error and the flight control tower was able to stop both aircraft and safely direct them to their proper taxing sequence. Chicago O’Hara Flight Controllers Help To Avoid Runway Collision

Officials have revealed little information about the events which led up to the near collision but it is expected that officials from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB) will lead the investigation stated The board is responsible for investigating near collisions and accidents as well as standard air accidents. Officials expect attention to be focused on the flight controllers in the tower and hat instructions were given to the pilots of each aircraft. Aircraft on the ground cannot proceed onto a runway without clearance from flight control in the tower. The investigators will have the benefit of being able to listen to the tapes of the flight controllers as well as the pilots in the cockpit to determine if the flight controllers gave wrong instructions or whether proper instructions were provided and one or both of the pilots performed the wrong actions.

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