Three planes flying above the Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. almost crashed into each other on Tuesday due to "miscommunication."
What could have been a disastrous incident occurred while air traffic controllers were making adjustments for landing and departing aircraft because of bad weather. 192 people aboard the three planes were just 12 seconds away from colliding at 400 mph!
Thankfully, the tragedy was avoided. The Federal Aviation Administration explained the situation by saying:
"During the switchover of operations, miscommunication between the Tracon and the DCA tower led to a loss of the required separation between two regional jets departing from Runway 1 and a regional jet inbound for Runway 19."
Sources say that all three plans were operated by US Airways. The airline has since issued a statement saying "we are currently investigating and working with the FAA to determine what occurred. The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority."
We're just glad everything turned out okay, but sincerely hope that the airline industry LEARNS from this potentially deadly mistake.
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